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Goodman Gallery is one of the 10 Best Booths at Art Basel 2024

Marking 40 years at Art Basel, South Africa’s Goodman Gallery presents a comprehensive survey of works by the major artists on its roster alongside more emerging names that are quickly making a mark on the international art world.

A vast new El Anatsui tapestry sprawls across one wall of the booth and is foregrounded by Yinka Shonibare’s Refugee Astronaut VI (2024), taken from the same series of nomadic astronaut sculptures that is featured at the Venice Biennale. The booth also presents a wall-based ceramic-tiled work by Kapwani Kiwanga, who is representing Canada at the Venice Biennale; a pair of ambiguous monochromatic ink-and-paint forest scenes by William Kentridge set to feature in the artist’s upcoming opera at LUMA Arles in July; and photographs by Carrie Mae Weems, who has just concluded a retrospective at the nearby Kunstmuseum.

There’s also a trio of works by Faith Ringgold, including America Free Angela (1971), a paper cut-out originally made to protest the imprisonment of the American activist Angela Davis, and a diptych story quilt South African Love Story #2 (Part I and II) (1985–87), which was created during the struggle against apartheid.

Sales during the opening day were swift. Among the highlights of sales at the booth were the Shonibare work, priced at £250,000 ($381,500), and a 2024 Kentridge sculpture, which sold for $600,000. “We’ve met some of our most significant clients around the world,” said Jo Stella-Sawicka, senior director at the gallery. “This is a convening place, really the deepest part of the market.”

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