Art Basel Miami 2023 Opening

Art Basel Miami 2023 was a stunning convergence of global cultures, ideas and artistic expressions. Beyond the walls of the art fair Miami buzzed with a series of captivating events, blending art, fashion and entertainment. The energy was infectious and we’ve captured the essence of this year’s most remarkable moments, both inside and outside the fair. View more coverage from the opening of Art Basel Miami including art highlights by The Untitled Magazine here.

Crystal Waters, 100 Percent Party The Untitled Magazine + Crystal Waters at Soho Beach House, Art Basel Miami, December 3, 2023

The Untitled Magazine’s 100 Percent Party at Soho Beach House With Crystal Waters

Art Basel Miami was set ablaze by Crystal Water’s stunning performance at The Untitled Magazine’s “100 Percent” Party. The Art Basel Miami kickoff event hosted by EIC Indira Cesarine at Soho Beach House featured a live performance of Water’s timeless hits and new singles, complemented by dynamic DJ sets and a spectacular drag show, encapsulating the spirit of Miami’s iconic art week while celebrating her new cover story for Untitled.

100 Percent Party The Untitled Magazine + Crystal Waters at Soho Beach House, Art Basel Miami, December 3, 2023
Lady Dior launch event, Art Basel Miami 2023, photos by The Untitled Magazine

Dior Lady Art Pre-Launch Event

On December 6th, Dior dazzled the Miami Design District with an intimate gathering to celebrate the launch of the eighth edition of Dior Lady Art. The event, held at the Dior Miami Design District boutique, showcased an exclusive collection of unique handbags featuring the artistic genius of contemporary artists including Mickalene Thomas, Jean-Michael Othoniel, Sidney Toledano, Ludovic Nkoth, and Hilary Pecis, among others.

Dolce & Gabbana x FARFETCH Event 2023. Photo The Untitled Magazine

Dolce & Gabbana x FARFETCH at Faena Theatre

On December 8th, FARFETCH and Dolce & Gabbana hosted a party at the Faena Theater in Miami Beach to celebrate the house’s Flower Power pre-Spring 2024 women’s collection. Inspired by the iconic spirit of the 1960s, the Dolce&Gabbana Flower Power collection captures the essence of a bygone era while seamlessly infusing modern sophistication. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne while dancing to the tunes of DJ’s Coco & Breezy and Channel Tres. Guests included Victoria Monét, Isabela Grutman, Alton Mason, Lindsey Vonn, Selah Marley, Saint John, Jordyn Woods, Shaun Ross, and Untitled’s Indira Cesarine, among others.

Nick Hadad & Lumia Nocito at the SSENSE/Marni Launch Party. Photo Courtesy of SSENSE

SSENSE & Marni Celebrated Launch of Special Capsule Collaboration

SSENSE and Marni hosted a private party at Soho House’s Miami Pool House during Miami Art Week to celebrate the new SSENSE Exclusive ‘Once Upon a Time at Marni’ capsule that will be launching on Monday, December 11th. Friends and special guests of SSENSE and Marni were on hand to toast the collection launch, including James Blake, Jordyn Woods, SAINt JHN, Nick Hadad, Maurice Kamara, Isaac Hindin-Miller, Luis Capecchi, Emma Brooks, Adam Fulton, and more.

Soho House previewed their latest club Miami Pool House with a series of events during Art Basel Miami 2023.
Janelle Monae’s performance at The Miami Beach Edition. Photo Courtesy of: Janelle Monae. 

During Miami Art Week, Mickalene Thomas hosted a party in collaboration with the Miami Beach Edition and Shop With Google. Thomas brought out art world icons including Stephanie Horton, Frank Roberts, Isolde Brielmaier, Hank Willis Thomas, Kimberly Drew, Edvin Thompson, and more to celebrate her Shop with Google collection (the capsule is splashed with some of Thomas’ most-loved prints and motifs lifted from her own artworks). It all culminated with an electric performance by Janelle Monáe, who, in true pool-party spirit, leaped into the pool as part of her performance.

JR unveils the Chronicles of Miami Mural, special performance by Anitta. Photo Courtesy: BFA

JR Unveils The Chronicles of Miami Mural with Special Performance by Anitta

Lights, music, and creativity collided on December 4th in the heart of the Miami Design District, as world-renowned French artist JR celebrated the unveiling of his latest masterpiece, The Chronicles of Miami. JR’s mural, a breathtaking ode to Miami’s spirit, served as the epicenter of the celebration. Attendees enjoyed a jaw-dropping live DJ set by internationally acclaimed Brazilian singer, songwriter and dancer, Anitta. Notable guests included Peggy Gou, Cedric Gervais, and Dave and Isabela Grutman. 

PAMM Presented Headliner George Clinton. Photo Courtesy: PAMM.

Pérez Art Museum Miami Presented Headliner George Clinton

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) celebrated Miami Art Week with its signature Thursday night event featuring headliner George Clinton. Clinton is a renowned musician, singer, and record producer. The highly anticipated event welcomed guests from around the world for drinks, live music, and dancing on the museum’s waterfront terrace. Inside the museum guests explored PAMM’s newest exhibition, ‘Gary Simmons: Public Enemy”, presented by Citi. 

Urs Fischer, “Dew”, 2023. Photo: Ulrich Ghezzi. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian

Gagosian & Jeffrey Deitch: “Forms”

Jeffrey Deitch and Gagosian presented their eighth annual group exhibition, “Forms”, in Miami’s Design District. The exhibition delved into the dynamic narrative of modern art, primarily revolving around the stylistic fluctuations between figuration and abstraction. “Forms” creatively explored the intriguing dance between abstract and figurative art, showcasing pieces that both mirrored and reimagined the world of representation. 

A new limited edition Hublot Big Bang Unico Magic City was revealed during Art Basel. Photo Courtesy of Hublot

Hublot Celebrated Miami Art Week With an Exclusive Watch

Hublot, though based in Switzerland, has established its American base in Miami. To celebrate, they launched the Big Bang Unico Magic City Watch, inspired by the city’s nickname, vibrant culture, Art Deco influence, and stunning sunsets. The grand unveiling took place at Queen, a Japanese restaurant in South Beach where guests, bathed in pink and purple lights, witnessed the reveal.

Miami Museum Of Sex Preview, Photo The Untitled Magazine

Miami Museum Of Sex Preview

Miami’s forthcoming Museum of Sex to open in 2024 held a special preview night of installations and live performances at their 32,000-square-foot converted warehouse in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood on December 1st. The new institution features an expanded iteration of the New York museum’s Super Funland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival, inspired by carnivals dating back to Ancient Rome, as well as a 40ft-wide mermaid tank, where guests watch live dancers and mermaids performing on stage and underwater.

Rubell Museum Miami Opening Reception for Solo Artists. Work by Basil Kincaid. Photo Courtesy of The Rubell Museum.

Rubell Museum Opening Reception 

New exhibitions of artists-in-residence Basil Kincaid and Alejandro Piñeiro Bello opened at The Rubell Museum Miami, alongside solo shows by leading contemporary artists including Shariff Farrag, Savannah Claudia Levin, and Patrick Martinez. 

ICA Miami Preview. Photo Courtesy of Resnicow and Associates

ICA Miami: Charles Gaines, Sasha Gordon, Anne Collier, Ahmed Morsi and Tau Lewis

ICA Miami hosted an opening celebration for a three-decade survey of Charles Gaines, the first museum presentation for Sasha Gordon, and a rare solo exhibition of the major figure of Egyptian modernism, Ahmed Morsi. The evening also marked the debut of acclaimed sculptor Tau Lewis’ new work for the museum’s sculpture garden, and Anne Collier’s newly commissioned site-responsive work for the museum’s stairway.

Swampspace Gallery X Spinello Projects Valle De Lagrimas. Photo Courtesy: Gnazzo Group

Swampspace Gallery X Spinello Projects “Valle De Lágrimas/Valley of Tears”

Spinello Projects and Swampspace Gallery showcased “VALLE DE LÁGRIMAS (1987)”, during Miami Art Week in the Miami Design District. It featured a powerful montage of ten vivid canvases by Adolfo Rene Sanchez. This installation, a reflection on popular culture and an homage to 1970s Mexican fotonovelas, was one of Sanchez’s monumental works before his passing in 1990. The exhibit was part of “GAY ERA”, a series of eight solo shows and projects by Spinello Projects, celebrating the diversity of queer experiences and artistic expressions.

DJ Tony Tone. Photo by Joe Conzo, 1981

The Art of Hip Hop Exhibiton

Alan Ket and Allison Freidin, founders of The Museum of Graffiti, presented “Art of Hip Hop”, a captivating new permanent exhibition that spotlights the often overlooked visual artists of Hip Hop culture, including photographers, album cover artists, graffiti artists and logo designers. The exhibition includes works by renowned Hip Hop photographers like Janette Beckman and Joe Conzo, alongside iconic album covers by artists such as Cey Adams and Kaws. It also highlights Miami’s unique contribution to Hip Hop history through the lenses of local historian Derick G and photographer Esdras T. Thelusma.

Craig Robbins, “A Train of Thoughts” opening reception. Photo Courtesy: BFA

Craig Robbins Collection “A Train of Thoughts”

For the early part of Miami Art Week, the Craig Robbins Collection, boasting over 1,300 contemporary art and design pieces, presented “A Train of Thoughts” at the DACRA headquarters in the Miami Design District. This year’s exhibition emphasized figuration and conceptualism, two prominent themes in the collection. A unique blend of hyperbolic figurative imagery was showcased alongside introspective, conceptual art, creating an intriguing and unexpected interplay between these seemingly disparate elements. 

Utopia by Lara Bohinc, Photo Courtesy Kris Tamburello

Design Commission 2023 by Laura Bohinc

The Miami Design District showcased “Utopia”, a captivating installation by designer Laura Bohinc, on display until March 2024. Awarded the 2023 Miami Design District Annual Design Commission, Bohinc’s work features four installations with organic, bulbous forms, including outdoor seating, tables and oversized light sculptures. A highlight of the exhibit is an enormous egg-shaped centerpiece and 900 hand-painted cork birdhouses, embodying a harmonious blend of nature and urbanity. 

Samuel Ross Benches Installation, Miami Design District. Photo Credit: Kris Tamburello

Samuel Ross Benches

During Miami Art Week 2023, the Miami Design District proudly unveiled a captivating installation by renowned British artist and designer Samuel Ross. This permanent exhibition features three distinct bench designs placed through the district’s public spaces and walkways. Originating as hand sketches and drawings in charcoal, Indian ink and pencil, Ross skillfully transformed these initial ideas into practical 3D designs, adding a distinctive artistic flair to the neighborhood’s ambiance. 

VIP Wander + Ivy Luncheon at Nikki Beach

On Saturday afternoon while Miami was ablaze during the lively Miami Art Week, tastemakers gathered at Nikki Beach for a VIP luncheon. Guests cheers-ed to Miami Art Week with premium, single-serve wine courtesy of Wander + Ivy. 

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