Attendance at Art Basel Miami Beach this year may have broken a record.
The fair organizers announced that 82,000 visited the fair this year, compared to about 77,000 in the past two years. In 2015, the announced attendance of 77,000 was said to be the record.
Fair space was also expanded by about ten percent this year, thanks to an ongoing renovation at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The renovation is expected to be complete before next year’s fair.
At the Resorts World Miami site, Art Miami and Context were expected to exceed 85,000 attendees, but haven’t announced final figures. The fairs inaugurated their new home this year on a freshly poured 250,000-square-foot concrete slab.
Both are among the highest attended art fairs in the world.