Miami Art Week + Art Basel: Here’s What You Missed!

Miami Art Week’s yearly art fair has officially come to an end! It was undeniably a memorable event that highlighted some of the NFT spaces greatest creators and teams. Equally important is Art Basel’s presence during Miami Art Week. The art fair celebrated its 20th anniversary in Miami Beach with its largest display to date. Nonetheless, with hundreds of events and galleries taking place, it’s easy to miss out on certain happenings. Having said that, here’s what you may have missed:

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Miami Art Week 2022 has sadly come to an end, but it was a success in every way. Check out what you missed. Credit: ARTnews

CHRISTIE’S 3.0 SALE – NEXT WAVE: THE MIAMI EDIT

On December 7, Christie’s 3.0 fully on-chain second sale, Next Wave: The Miami Edit, successfully closed, generating a whopping 247.1 ETH in sales. In other words, $303,908 USD was made, of which 93% was sold by lot. The sale gave collectors an opportunity to purchase artworks from a thoroughly curated group of 15 prominent artists. This includes Zancan, Ash Thorp, Ayla El-Moussa, Cath Simard, Dave Krugman, Random Internationl x Danil Krivoruchko, and more. Furthermore, the top lot in the sale was a work by Zancan titled Lushtemples that sold for 54.5 ETH. In detail, the work was displayed at The Gateway: A Web3 Metropolis, and Christie’s during Miami Art Week. Also, an additional work titled Mother Flock from the Life in Our Minds collection by Random International and Danil Krivoruchko sold for 50 ETH.

 “We are so pleased with the results of our first various-owner sale on Christie’s 3.0. In a time of uncertainty for the crypto community, this sale cemented what we have known to be true: dedicated and passionate collectors will continue to buy quality digital art. Next Wave: The Miami Edit saw global bidding and attracted nearly 85% new clients to Christie’s. We are so grateful to the fantastic group of artists who participated in the sale,” stated Nicole Sales Giles, Christie’s Director of Digital Art Sales.

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Zancan’s “Lushtemples,” which sold for 54.5 ETH. Credit: @teaboswell

Dopamine’s “WTF IS STREETWEAR+” launches at Art Basel 

The recently emerged female-owned streetwear brand, Dopamine, opened a pop-up shop during Art Basel, which attracted several rap stars. On December 1, the official Dopamine Takeover Pop-up Store opened during Miami Art Week. RarityJan, the CEO of Dopamine, and the rest of the team presented a successful and fun-filled event for attendees. It included tons of seltzers, energy drinks, cookies and music. Further, rap sensations ASAP Rocky and Trippie Redd attended the event to hang out, converse about Streetwear+ technology and view Dopamine’s launch collection. Moreover, the all-day event also displayed physical and digital collaborative merchandise from creatives like KidSuper, Fvckrender, ThankYouX, NounsDAO and Dopamine’s own label.

“Our vision is streetwear that lives and breathes as dynamic collectibles capable of carrying with them the excitement of true ownership, the weight of history, and the limitless creativity of the brands and designers we all know and love. Streetwear+ amplifies and deepens the way you interact with the pieces you own,” said Dopamine’s team.

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RarityJan, Dopamine’s CEO, standing with Trippie Redd (left) and Asap Rocky (right) at Dopamine’s Art Basel pop-up shop.

Adidas Originals (Probably) Real event in Miami

To celebrate Adidas’ first ever collection of virtual wearables, the world-renowned brand hosted an immersive experience during Miami Art Week. On December 3, Adidas Originals hosted (Probably) Real, an exclusive event involving physical and digital components. With the use of several immersive screens and AR technology, the visitors embarked on a Web3 journey through Adidas’ universe.

The event began with a 360-degree display that displayed the brands’ ‘Virtual Gear’ on a range of avatars. This experience brought Adidas’ collection to life, showing visitors a glimpse of the potential of virtual fashion, in other words, digital wearables. Additionally, visitors then found themselves in ‘Indigo’s Lab,’ run by the Adidas’ BAYC, Indigo Herz himself. The lab featured a slew of sketches and “real-time builds” for a selection of the “Virtual Gear – Genesis Collection.” Finally, attendees were granted access to “(probably) A Dressing Room,” where they could try on virtual gear from the collection using DressX, an interactive AR mirror. To cap off the night, rapper and 2022 Grammy nominee Pusha-T performed live.

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(Probably) A Dressing Room powered by DressX. Guests were able to try on the Virtual Gear collection in real time.

V at SCOPE Beach, Miami

Vayner3, the Web3 consultancy agency, and VaynerX hosted an immersive Web3 experience at V SCOPE Beach. In partnership with Tokenproof, this experience consisted of several token-gated events that included immersive installations. Some of the biggest and most memorable events include the following:

St. Jude patient art gallery

St. Jude patients created six art pieces for display in this remarkable gallery, which guests were able to purchase. The gallery also provided an immersive experience that welcomed guests to learn about the patients. Further, attendees were able to order exclusive St. Jude apparel designed by Web3 creator Mary Lai.

St.Jude patient art gallery

St. Jude patient art gallery at Art Basel. Credit: Forbes

Johnny Walker x Vandy the Pink

Token holders of the VANDYTHEPINK x Johnnie Walker Blue Label NFT collection were invited to a wonderful yet interactive event in Miami. Each holder had the ability to influence the final design of the limited edition physical and digital bottle. They also had the opportunity to meet VANDYTHEPINK, receive a signed and serialized commemorative poster, and partake in a Johnnie Walker Blue Label cocktail menu, among other exciting surprises.

The Diamond Mine

Guests heard from a panel of bright women in Web3 who were creators, strategists and thought leaders. This panel empowered promising Web3 creators to pitch their projects. The judges were able to choose their favorite projects live during the event. YesJulz, Tanya Sam, Blonde:Ish, Ros Gold Onwude, and Avery Akkineni served as judges for the event, which was hosted by Michelle Abbs.

The first ever wedding at Seed of Happiness in Art Basel

If you didn’t think a wedding would happen at an art event, then think again! Kelly Daniels and Emir Muhovic got married at Art Basel’s Seed of Happiness event on December 2. Jimmy Pierce, the artist behind SOH, performed the ceremony. Interesting enough, the wedding was minted as a NFT collection, which includes the couple’s vows, marriage license and wedding photos. 

Wedding at Seed of Happiness

Kelly Daniels and Emir Muhovic became newlyweds at the Seed of Happiness art event and were married by Jimmy Pierce, the artist behind the event.

About the Seed of Happiness event

The art movement Seed of Happiness, in collaboration with Dapper Labs and notable graffiti artist Jimmy Paintz, hosted an event at the SCOPE art show during Art Basel. It was an immersive experience that granted guests the opportunity to meet the artist. In addition, they were able to enjoy happy hours during the radiant art fair.

Tom Sachs Rocket Factory hosts special event at Miami Art Week

Americana NFT, in partnership with Tom Sachs’ studio, hosted an official screening at the Frost Science Planetarium during Miami Art Week. Attendees were transported into Tom Sachs’ Rocket Factory solar system, hosted on the Mona platform. The event also included the announcement of the ‘Final Frontier,’ a new NFT collection tied to physical sculptures created by Sachs. The collection, in detail, forms a galaxy of 11,000 unique 3D spaces, hosted on the Mona platform. Thanks to contemporary artist Tom Sachs, this created the largest ever activation on Mona.

“We are thrilled for Mona to be the home of the Final Frontier for Tom Sachs Rocket Factory. It’s been an honor to work with Tom and his entire team, supporting creators and artists pushing the boundaries, building worlds that fulfill the true potential for virtual experiences.” Mona co-founder Justin Melillo said.

Tom Sachs: Rocket Factory at Miami Art Week

Contemporary artist Tom Stachs in front of his Rocket Factory display at Miami Art Week.

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