Galleries’ digital transformation accelerates by Brian Boucher

Galleries’ digital transformation accelerates

Brian Boucher

The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report shows that the online shift was already in place – with Covid-19, it now has a new impetus


Works by Harriet Korman (left) and Dona Nelson (right), presented by Thomas Erben Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019. Image © Art Basel.
Works by Harriet Korman (left) and Dona Nelson (right), presented by Thomas Erben Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019. Image © Art Basel.
Galleries saw a steady art market in 2019, with sales climbing 2% from 2018, to $36.8 billion, accounting for just over half of the total market, estimated at $64.1 billion.
Galleries saw a steady art market in 2019, with sales climbing 2% from 2018, to $36.8 billion, accounting for just over half of the total market, estimated at $64.1 billion.
McAndrew’s report documents an uptick of some 8% year-on-year in the female percentage of rosters at primary-market galleries, to a record 44%.
McAndrew’s report documents an uptick of some 8% year-on-year in the female percentage of rosters at primary-market galleries, to a record 44%.
Many gallerists see online sales as a path forward, especially as younger generations become comfortable making major purchases via the internet.
Many gallerists see online sales as a path forward, especially as younger generations become comfortable making major purchases via the internet.