As another joyful edition of Miami Art Week comes to a close, we’re bringing you behind the scenes of unforgettable debuts and gatherings throughout The Magic City, like Tiffany & Co.’s Design District pop-up, Half Gallery’s Stiltsville, Vintage Frames unveiling at Goodtime Hotel, and more.
On Wednesday, November 30, Vintage Frames Company, the iconic and globally recognized designer vintage eyewear archive, debuted its first U.S. flagship store at The Goodtime Hotel in the heart of Miami. Award-winning architectural and interior design firm Atelier Zébulon Perron, alongside Vintage Frames Company Founder and CEO Corey Shapiro, transformed the 1,100 sq. ft. space into a Miami Vice meets Art Deco haven. On the occasion of the store’s opening, the brand offered especially rare vintage gems, as well as new collaborations with artists such as Alec Monopoly and Gary Vaynerchuk. Friends like Jonathan Cheban, Christian Combs, and Quincy raised a glass to the dazzling space and creations which celebrate the artistry and style of our past, present, and future. “I’ve spent the past two decades curating the most comprehensive historical eyewear and sunglasses collection ever displayed and available to own for a Miami Beach Flagship’,” said Shapiro. “The curated collection mixes iconic pieces from the runway to the biggest cultural grails that are available to own.” Exquisite retro pieces include Pinault Collection Masquerade frames from the 1950s and Pierre Cardin Runway selects from the 1960s.
Wednesday was full of festivities as legendary Champagne house Maison Perrier-Jouët, alongside Karlie Kloss and Isabela Grutman, hosted a chic lunch at Casa Tua restaurant in honor of a collaboration with cutting-edge artist, architect, and designer Garance Vallée. “Planted Air,” the dynamic art installation on view during Design Miami/, was a sea of whimsical sculptures, fluid shapes and forms, which inspired thought-provoking conversation on humans’ relationship to mother nature, the beloved Perrier-Jouët vineyards, and our vulnerable ecosystem.
On Thursday, December 1, Tiffany & Co. hosted a glamorous soirée in the form of a two-story pop-up in the Design District. The invitation-only gathering rejoiced in the treasures of the legendary fine jewelry house, as well as celebrated the latest limited edition holiday creations inspired by Andy Warhol’s cheery and mod designs for the brand in the late 1950s through the early 1960s. A la Warhol, the space was embellished with vibrant colors, irreverent paint splashes, and dazzling celebrities: Hailey Bieber, Pharrel Williams, J Balvin, Izabel Goulart, Isabela Grutman, and Athena Calderone were in attendance. The pop-up is open for all to enjoy through January 31, 2023.
The celebration continued on Thursday with Half Gallery’s second edition of “Stiltsville,” an event that Founder Bill Powers describes as Triangle of Sadness with a happy ending. The one-day/all-day affair among the romantic 1960s sea cabins off of Coconut Grove honored 33 artists in a group exhibition of divine new works. Nearly 130 friends and family of the gallery, as well as ardent collectors, including Umar Rashid, Yoora Lee, Kim Gould, Orkideh Torabi, and Chloe Wise, came to support artists such as Maud Madsen, Noelia Towers, Ted Pim, Andrea Joyce Heimer, and Nicasio Fernandez. Half Gallery Director Erin Goldberger plans to host the offsite gathering every year to inspire meaningful and relaxed moments of connection for artists and art lovers alike.
Thursday was a night to remember as Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) kicked off the now iconic art week event PAMM Presents with an impressive 4,000 international guests. Grammy-nominated artist Meshell Ndegeocello and Jill Newman Productions put on an energetic live show featuring local cutting-edge pop duo Paperwater, premier drummer Deantoni Parks, and Sabine Blaizin with singer Gabriel Brunot. Notable guests in philanthropy, art, fashion, and business enjoyed singular activations by La Croix Sparkling Water and Porsche on the waterfront terrace with dreamlike views of Biscayne Bay. The museum displayed its newest exhibitions such as “Leandro Erlich: Liminal,” the first North American survey of Leandro Erlich’s experiential works and site specific art installations. To the delight of guests, the memorable and interactive Swimming Pool was invigorated with a vibrant performance by Miami Movement Collective.
On Friday, December 2, The Macallan and Art Basel Miami Beach presented an immersive light installation for the launch of The Macallan M Collection: a sophisticated range of premier limited edition single malt whiskies, new 2022 editions of the previously released M and M Black, topped off with a reinvention of M Copper from the renowned Six Pillars collection. The elegant, private event held at The Bass Museum of Art whisked guests away to The Macallan “Spiritual Home” of Speyside, Scotland. Cutting-edge technology fused with boundless creativity and the brand’s masterful spirit produced a sparkling copper light artwork. Esteemed guests such as Rhuigi Villaseñor, Hannah Bronfman, and Brendan Fallis toasted to The Macallan’s origins in the River Spey while relishing in a live performance by British artist James Blake. The musical extravaganza included an AI projection imparting The Macallan’s storied past, while spotlighting the artistry of New York City ballet dancers—an institution dearly supported by the brand. In its mission to give back to both mother nature and the arts, The Macallan also showcased a special commission by art prize recipient Jorge Méndez Blake, a visual odyssey of words and symbols inspired by Mexican poet Jose Tablada. The homage to all forms of nature, with direct passion for Miami Beach, will be a permanent addition to The Bass.
Guests from around the globe came together for the unveiling of the Rubell Museum’s eclectic series of exhibitions on the occasion of Miami Art Week. The newest artist-in-residence, Vienna-based Franco Senegalese artist Alexander Diop, displayed an inspired solo exhibition alongside much anticipated solo shows by artists Patricia Ayres, Doron Langberg, Jared McGriff, Jo Messer, Clayton Schiff, and Tesfaye Urgessa. The Museum also shared special collection highlights from extraordinary icons such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jammie Holmes, Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Sterling Ruby, and Kennedy Yanko. “This year’s presentations represent a continuation of our mission to spotlight a diverse mix of contemporary artists while encouraging public dialogue,” said Co-Founder Jason Rubell. “Works on view include both significant pieces by artists our family has engaged with over decades, as well as exciting work by artists we have recently interacted with during studio visits, and from whom we have commissioned bodies of work.”