Art Basel will return to Switzerland from June 14 to June 17 this year, and event organizers have just released the exhibitors list for the world's most celebrated art fair.
The Art Media Agency did some math and found that the fair will exhibit over 2,500 works of 20th and 21st century art. Over 1,000 applications were received, and here's the total tally of galleries by country: 73 from the United States, 55 from Germany, 31 from Switzerland, 29 from the UK, 28 from France, 15 from Italy, nine from Belgium, six from Austria, Japan and Spain, four from Brazil, China and the Netherlands, three from Mexico, Norway and Poland, two from Canada, Denmark, Dubai, India and South Africa, and one from Argentina, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea and Sweden.
The exclusion of a number of last year's galleries appears to have been Art Basel's decision, as MutualArt reports that over 99 percent of last year's exhibitors reapplied (in the Art Galleries section).
The 41 galleries who didn't participate last year hail from everywhere from Paris (including the Applicat-Prazan and the Balice Hertling) to Dubai (Green Art Gallery will show Shadi Habib Allah's art while the Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde will exhibit Rokni Haerizadeh's work).
Twenty-seven young artists will also be exhibited in this year's Art Statements section of the fair. The Art Features sector will once again focus on curatorial projects, with 20 galleries exhibiting.
So...are you going? Who do you want to see? Do you not care at all about these fancy international art shows and much prefer local fare? Let us know in the comments section below.