Art Basel Has Unveiled the Exhibitors for Its 2023 Flagship Swiss Fair—Find Out Who’s Been Welcomed In and Who Is Missing Out

Art Basel has named the 285 galleries that will line the corridors of its marquee June fair in Switzerland. The upcoming event, which will have its preview days on June 13 and 14, will be the first Swiss edition steered by new CEO Noah Horowitz, who took over the helm from longtime global director Marc Spiegler at the beginning of the year.

On the roster are few surprises and many of the usual suspects: mega-galleries Hauser & Wirth and David Zwirner are all attending, surely with sprawling real estate, alongside Goodman Gallery, Jeffrey Deitch, James Cohan Gallery, which are all returning.

The fair is welcoming 21 first-timers to its main sector, including blank projects from Cape Town, South Africa, Empty Gallery from Hong Kong, and Offer Waterman from London. A little room was made—notably, Galerie König, a mainstay at the fair is absent this year. The gallery did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Clearing, which had participated in Paris+ by Art Basel, the new Paris art fair which kicked off in October with a formidable debut, is graduating to the main sector from the Feature sector in 2022; as is Vienna’s Croy Nielsen, which had also shown Nina Beier as part of Paris+ off-site sector—their presence suggests that a new corridor to get coveted spots in Basel has been opened. Jan Kaps from Cologne, mor charpentier from Paris and Bogota, and Deborah Schamoni from Munich are also graduating from Features and Statements to the main sector.

Another change comes to the format. Art Basel’s Feature sector, which has typically been host to tightly curated booths (no salon-style group hangs here) will be even further honed to officially focus on “art-historical” projects. There will be a re-staging of Colette Lumiere’s 1977 performance sleep, presented by Company Gallery, where the artist embodies a tragic heroine in a state of rest within her fantastical built environments—these radical living art pieces will likely be a crowd-favorite. A survey of works on paper spanning from 1915 to 1979 by artist Sonia Delaunay, co-founder of the Orphism art movement and a pioneer of geometric abstraction, will be presented by Galerie Zlotowski, from Paris.

Last year, Art Basel applied a more relaxed policy on fair applicants to its flagship art fair, which is notoriously tough to get into (once you are in, there are also no promises that you will be welcomed back the following year). The fair reduced the minimum number of exhibitions a gallery must hold per year, the number of years the gallery must have been in operation, and the prerequisite of having a permanent gallery space. LC Queisser from Tbilsi, and Paris’s sans titre, will debut there after stints at the emerging art fair Liste next door.

The main concourse will be taken over with a site-specific installation by Latifa Echakhch, whose work was on view at the Swiss Pavilion at the 59th International Venice Biennale—an atmospheric, post-apocalyptic installation. The artist is represented by Pace Gallery and Kamel Mennour, who are both in the main sectors at Art Basel. The still-under-wraps project will, according to Vincenzo de Bellis, Art Basel’s director of fairs and exhibition platforms, invite fair-goers “to rediscover the public dimension of the square.”

See the full list of 2023 exhibitors at Art Basel, Basel below.

Galleries Sector

303 Gallery, New York
47 Canal, New York
A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
Acquavella Galleries, New York, Palm Beach
Air de Paris, Romainville
Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid
Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Paris, Stockholm
Antenna Space, Shanghai
Applicat-Prazan, Paris
The Approach, London
Art : Concept, Paris
Alfonso Artiaco, Napoli
Balice Hertling, Paris
von Bartha, København, Basel
galería elba benítez, Madrid
Bernier/Eliades Athens, Brussels
blank projects, Cape Town
Daniel Blau, Salzburg, Munich
Blum & Poe, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Los Angeles, New York
Bortolami, New York
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
BQ, Berlin
The Breeder, Athens
Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, London, Palm Beach
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, Cologne, New York
Cabinet, London
Campoli Presti, Paris, London
Canada, New York
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Berlin, Cologne
Cardi Gallery, Milan, London
carlier gebauer, Berlin, Madrid
Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Casas Riegner, Bogota
Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon
Cheim & Read, New York
Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
ChertLüdde, Berlin
Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
Clearing, Brussels, Los Angeles, New York
James Cohan Gallery, New York
Sadie Coles HQ, London
Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Galleria Continua, São Paulo, Beijing, La Habana, Boissy-leChâtel, Paris, Roma, San Gimignano
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Palm Beach
Pilar Corrias, London
Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Croy Nielsen, Vienna
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Naples
MassimoDeCarlo, Hong Kong, Paris, Milan, London
Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, New York
dépendance, Brussels
Di Donna, New York
Ecart, Geneva
Galerie Eigen + Art Berlin, Leipzig
galerie frank elbaz, Paris
Empty Gallery, Hong Kong
Essex Street/Maxwell Graham, New York
Experimenter, Kolkata
Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Düsseldorf
Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw
Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Peter Freeman, Inc., New York
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Frith Street Gallery, London
Gagosian, Hong Kong, Paris, Athens, Rome, Basel, Geneva, London, Beverly Hills, New York
Galerie 1900-2000, Paris
Galleria dello Scudo, Verona
gb agency, Paris
Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Roma, New York
Gomide & Co, São Paulo
Galería Elvira González, Madrid
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg, London
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, London, New York
Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt
Gray, Chicago, New York
Alexander Gray Associates, Germantown, New York
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
Greene Naftali, New York
greengrassi, London
Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Moritz, Cologne, Paris
Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon
Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin
Hamiltons, London
Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Ciutadella de Menorca, Gstaad, Sankt Moritz, Zurich, London, Somerset, Los Angeles, New York
Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, London
Herald St, London
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, Berlin, London
Hollybush Gardens, London
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
A arte Invernizzi, Milan
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Alison Jacques, London
Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, San Francisco
JTT, New York
Annely Juda Fine Art, London
Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf
Casey Kaplan, New York
Jan Kaps, Cologne
Karma International Zürich
kaufmann repetto, Milan, New York
Sean Kelly, New York
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Kewenig, Berlin, Palma de Mallorca
Kiang Malingue, Hong Kong
Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Galerie Knoell, Basel
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
KOW, Berlin
Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Nicolas Krupp, Basel
K-T Z, Berlin
Kukje, Gallery Busan, Seoul
kurimanzutto, Mexico City, New York
Labor, Mexico City
Galerie Lahumière, Paris
Landau Fine Art, Montreal, Meggen
Layr, Vienna
Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, London
Lehmann Maupin, Seoul, London, New York
Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Los Angeles
Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris, New York
LGDR, Paris, Hong Kong, London, New York
Galerie Gisèle Linder. Basel
Lisson Gallery, Shanghai, London, East Hampton, New York
Luhring Augustine, New York
Luxembourg + Co., London
Kate MacGarry, London
Magazzino, Rome
Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich
Gió Marconi, Milan
Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles, New York
Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf
The Mayor Gallery, London
Fergus McCaffrey, New York, Tokyo, St Barthélemy
Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, Lucerne
Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, New York, Brussels
Mennour, Paris
Meyer Riegger, Berlin, Karlsruhe
Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia
Victoria Miro, Venice, London
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
Mnuchin Gallery, New York
Modern Art, London
The Modern Institute, Glasgow
mor charpentier, Bogotá, Paris
Jan Mot, Brussels
mother’s tankstation limited, Dublin, London
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Cologne, Munich
Richard Nagy Ltd., London
Edward Tyler Nahem New York
Helly Nahmad Gallery, New York
Galerie Neu, Berlin
neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
David Nolan Gallery, New York
Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Mexico City, Stockholm
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, Paris
OMR, Mexico City
Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma, Rome, Venice
P.P.O.W, New York
Pace Gallery, Hong Kong, Seoul, Geneva, London, East Hampton, New York, Palm Beach, Palo Alto
Maureen Paley, Hove, London
Peres Projects, Berlin
Perrotin, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris, Tokyo,
Seoul, New York
Petzel, New York
Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich
Galeria Plan B, Berlin, Cluj
Gregor Podnar, Vienna
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, New York
ProjecteSD, Barcelona
Galeria Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw
Almine Rech, Brussels, Shanghai, Paris, London, New York
Reena Spaulings Fine Art, Los Angeles, New York
Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Rodeo, Pireas, London
Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Paris, Seoul, London
Lia Rumma, Milan, Naples
Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Esther Schipper, Berlin
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Beirut
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
ShanghART Gallery, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore
Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Skarstedt Paris, London, East Hampton, New York
Skopia / P.,-H. Jaccaud Geneva
Société, Berlin
Galerie Pietro Spartà, Chagny
Sperone Westwater, New York
Sprovieri, London
Sprüth Magers, Hong Kong, Berlin, London, Los Angeles
Nils Stærk, Copenhagen
Galerie Gregor, Staiger ZurichStampa, Basel
Standard (Oslo), Oslo,
Galleria Christian Stein, Milan,
Stevenson, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Johannesburg,
Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo,
Take Ninagawa, Tokyo,
Templon, Brussels, Paris,
Galerie Thomas, Munich,
Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin,
Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Beijing, Tokyo,
Tornabuoni Art, Paris, Florence, Forte dei Marmi, Milan, Crans Montana,
Travesía Cuatro, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Madrid,
Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz,
Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Torre Pellice (Turin),
Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris,
Van de Weghe, East Hampton, New York,
Vedovi Gallery, Brussels,
Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles,
Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing, Guangzhou,
Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen,
Offer Waterman, London,
Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin,
Wentrup, Berlin-Charlottenburg, Hamburg,
Michael Werner Gallery, Berlin, London, New York,
White Cube, Hong KongBarbara Wien, Berlin
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Romainville
Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
ZERO…, Milan
David Zwirner, Paris, Hong Kong, London, New York
Borch Editions, Copenhagen, Berlin
Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
knust kunz gallery editions, Munich
Carolina Nitsch, New York
Paragon, London
René Schmitt, Westoverledingen
Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York
STPI, Singapore
Two Palms, New York

Feature Sector (artist featured in bold)
acb Budapest, Katalin Ladik
Galerie Carzaniga, Basel, Mark Tobey
David Castillo, Miami, Belkis Ayón
Company Gallery, New York, Colette Lumiere
Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, Senga Nengudi
Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris, Richard Nonas
Gajah Gallery, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Singapore, I Gusti Ayu Kadek (IGAK) Murniasih
Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, Rosalyn Drexler
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, Jacqueline de Jong
M77 Gallery, Milan, Maria Lai
Martos Gallery, New York, Arthur Simms
Millan, São Paulo, Ana Amorim
Michel Rein, Brussels, Paris, Piero Gilardi
Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt, Lynne Cohen
Galerie Bene Taschen, Cologne, Jamel Shabazz
Galerie Zlotowski, Paris, Sonia Delaunay

Statements Sector

Broadway, New York, Sky Hopinka
Chapter NY, New York, Stella Zhong
Cooper Cole, Toronto, Hangama Amiri
Bridget Donahue, New York, Satoshi Kojima
Gaga, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Karla Kaplun
Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Hend Samir
Hua International, Beijing, Berlin, Gordon Hall
Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, Hardeep Pandhal
LambdaLambdaLambda, Pristina, Brilant Milazimi
Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica, Adelita Husni Bey
LC Queisser, Tbilisi, Tolia Astakhishvili
Madragoa, Lisbon, Jaime Welsh
Marfa’ Beirut, Raed Yassin
Kendra Jayne Patrick, Bern, New York, Sharona Franklin
sans titre, Paris, Agnes Scherer
SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, Bonolo Kavula
Soft Opening, London, Sin Wai Kin
Simone Subal Gallery, New York, Baseera Khan

Standing Two Stories Tall, a Hank Willis Thomas Sculpture Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Is Unveiled on Boston Common

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the city of Boston has unveiled its newest monument, a Hank Willis Thomas sculpture that now sits on the grounds of Boston Common, the nation’s oldest public park.

Titled The Embrace, the bronze statue is a pair of larger-than-life interlocking arms, inspired by a photo of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, hugging after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Representing the mutual love and support that made the Kings’ activism possible, it is 40 feet wide and 20 feet tall—about two stories high—and weighs 38,000 pounds.

Cast in 609 pieces from a 3D-printed model at the Walla Walla Foundry in Washington state, the massive work was fabricated, transported across the country, and installed in Boston against all odds.

“This was not supposed to happen—literally, there was a global pandemic in the middle of us trying to do a piece called Embrace,” Thomas said during the opening ceremony for the monument, which has been in the works since 2016. (His design, with MASS Design Group, was selected from 125 proposals.)

Hank Willis Thomas, <em>The Embrace</em> in the new 1965 Freedom Plaza by design firm MASS Design Group at Boston Commons. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Hank Willis Thomas, The Embrace in the new 1965 Freedom Plaza by design firm MASS Design Group at Boston Common. Photo courtesy of the artist.

A leader in the Civil Rights Movement known for his nonviolent activism, civil disobedience, and powerful speechmaking, King was assassinated in April 1968. In recognition of his birthday, January 15 has been celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday of every year since 1986. He would have been 94 this year.

But the new memorial also highlights the contributions of Coretta Scott King to the Civil Rights Movement—which she was involved in prior to meeting her husband, and remained a leader of after his untimely death.

The city of Boston is an important part of the Kings’ family history, as they met there as students in 1952, just a year before their marriage. King returned in April 1965, addressing a joint session of the Massachusetts legislature about the importance of segregation. The next day, he gave a speech at a Freedom Rally on Boston Common, after leading some 22,000 activists in a Civil Rights march from nearby Roxbury.

Hank Willis Thomas, <em>The Embrace</em> in the new 1965 Freedom Plaza by design firm MASS Design Group at Boston Commons. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Hank Willis Thomas, The Embrace in the new 1965 Freedom Plaza by design firm MASS Design Group at Boston Common. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“Little did I imagine that such a day was possible when I walked through this same Boston Common as a student 10 years ago,” King told the crowd. “This will go down as one of the greatest days that Boston has ever seen.”

That history was honored today at an over-two-hour event marking the installation of The Embrace, which sits at the center of the new 1965 Freedom Plaza, designed by MASS Design Group. The floor features bronze name plates amid the titles honoring other Civil Rights activists who marched with King, nominated by community members.

The city of Boston hopes the work will become a major tourist attraction akin to the Statue of Liberty, with Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley telling the assembled crown that people will travel from all over the world to pay tribute to the Kings and see the “profound work of art—like their love, a masterpiece.”

Hank Willis Thomas, The Embrace in the new 1965 Freedom Plaza by design firm MASS Design Group at Boston Commons. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Hank Willis Thomas, The Embrace in the new 1965 Freedom Plaza by design firm MASS Design Group at Boston Commons. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The program featured speeches by dignitaries Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, and former Governor Deval Patrick, as well as Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director of Embrace Boston, the nonprofit that spearheaded the project—he spoke with tears in his eyes, overcome by the moment.

But it was King’s only granddaughter, 14-year-old Yolanda Renee King, who stole the show, speaking after her parents, Martin Luther King III and Arndrea Waters King. Clearly an impressive young orator in the making, Yolanda was unruffled even when the wind nearly blew away the notes of her prepared speech.

And when NBC10 Boston anchor and the event’s master of ceremonies Latoyia Edwards asked the young girl to tell the crowd more about herself, Yolanda spoke off the cuff in impassioned tones about continuing her grandparents’ work striving for justice no matter what, and praised the statue memorializing their legacy.

Hank Willis Thomas, <em>The Embrace</em> in the new 1965 Freedom Plaza by design firm MASS Design Group at Boston Commons. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Hank Willis Thomas, The Embrace in the new 1965 Freedom Plaza by design firm MASS Design Group at Boston Common. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“This is almost like love 360, because this monument is dedicated to their love, and we really need more love in this world,” Yolanda said.

Thomas agreed, embracing—pun intended—Love 360 as an alternative title for the work, which allows viewers to stand inside the arms, as if encircled by a hug. He hopes the monument will be seen a manifestation of the Kings’ love and the power of that emotion. It is also a visible symbol of the Black experience and Black joy, despite generations of struggle faced by the Black community.

“It’s really about the capacity for each of us to be enveloped in love,” Thomas said.

A group show of Hank Willis Thomas’s art collective, For Freedoms, “Let Love Quiet Fear” is on view of Praise Shadows Art Gallery, 313A Harvard Street, Brookline, January 12–February 12, 2023.

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Hank Willis Thomas’s Poignant Memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Will Be Unveiled in Boston Next Fall

A 22-foot-tall bronze memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King will be unveiled next year in the country’s oldest public park.  

Designed by artist Hank Willis Thomas with a team of architects from the MASS Design Group, the sculpture, destined for Boston Common, depicts two disembodied pairs of arms in a tender embrace—a gesture based on a photograph of the couple hugging after Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. 

The Kings, Thomas said in a statement when his design was chosen, are a “monumental [example] of the capacity of love to shape society.” 

Led by King Boston, a private nonprofit committed to furthering the legacy of the couple, the project has been in the works since 2016. The organization selected Thomas’s memorial from a shortlist of five proposals, including designs by artists Krzysztof Wodiczko, Adam Pendleton, and Yinka Shonibare, in 2019.

Now, the monumental artwork has an approximate launch date: October 2022, just in time for a Boston-based summit of music, arts, and civic educational work centered around issues and racial and economic justice. 

The Embrace, as the memorial is called, will be installed on a new plaza named after Dr. King’s 1965 march from Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood to Boston Common. The event came a day after King spoke in favor of desegregating schools at a joint legislative session at the Massachusetts State House.

King Boston executive director Imari Paris Jeffries tells Midnight Publishing Group News that he hopes the memorial—which arrives at a time when the United States is reckoning with what kind of history its monuments tell—will “inspire a new civic narrative.”

“Boston has the opportunity to be the very first city in the nation to emerge post-vaccine as a place that embodies values of justice,” Jeffries says. “Now more than ever people want to ’embrace’ friends, loved ones, and each other. This is a symbol of that sentiment.”

A rendering of<i>The Embrace</i> on the Boston Common. Courtesy of King Boston.

A rendering of The Embrace on the Boston Common. Courtesy of King Boston.

King Boston has raised some $12 million for the project so far, over half of which has come in since June of this year, according to the Boston Globe, when cities around the country saw Black Lives Matter demonstrations flood their streets. Jeffries and his team are hoping to secure another $3 million in private and corporate donations.

The urgency of this moment, Jeffries says, has only been underscored by the lockdown era, which has “exacerbated social inequality and revealed, as King reminded us, that we are tied together in ‘an inescapable network of mutuality’ and a ‘single garment of destiny.’”

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