The ICA Miami Kicked Off Art Week With a Slew of Parties – W Magazine

W Magazine joined the museum in toasting the rising stars of the art world.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is home to some of the most talked-about exhibitions of the moment, so it’s only natural (being that it’s “Art Week”) that they would host not just one, but a whole series of parties to toast the artists whose work adorns their walls.
On Monday, November 29th, an intimate group gathered on the roof of Soho House Miami Beach for a dinner honoring Jadé Fadojutimi, the 28-year-old British artist whose colorful abstract paintings are garnering attention from museum curators around the world. Fadojutimi, wearing the hell out of a red velvet Gucci suit, mingled with W editor in chief Sara Moonves, model and investor Karlie Kloss and ICA director Alex Gartenfeld and Lucrezia Buccellati, co-creative director for her family’s eponymous jewelry house. Guests lounged on cozy couches sipping Tanqueray gin cocktails and tucking into plates of Mediterranean fare—all of it refreshingly casual and fuss-free, a welcome way to start a week of glitzy chaos.
That same evening, hundreds of visitors filled the ICA’s galleries and sculpture garden to see work by Fadojutimi, Hugh Hayden, Betye Saar, Ellen Lesperance, Shuvinai Ashoona and more. In the group show on the ground floor, guests lingered in front of a large-scale, intimate canvas by Louis Fratino; in the garden, they were met with multiple cocktail bars and a monumental Allora & Calzadilla work that featured half of a backhoe fused with a block of granite—the latter provided a bit of playful contrast to the Lamborghini sports car parked in one corner of the space.
On Tuesday the 30th, a VIP group arrived at the museum’s sculpture garden for another round of gallery-wandering and cocktails for an event co-hosted by the ICA, W and Laurie Lynn Stark, the owner of Chrome Hearts. The lifestyle brand could be found throughout the evening’s details from a bespoke Chrome Hearts basketball court to the candlelit tables topped with Chrome Hearts votives. Some guests even let loose with a few dance moves in front of the DJ booth, while others kicked up their heels on low-slung lounges and whispered about what they’d seen at the Art Basel preview earlier that day.
On Friday, yet another group will fill the space for a special edition of the museum’s “First Fridays” celebration, presented by Particle with activations from Keys Soulcare and Lamborghini, which opens the galleries and sculpture garden to the public. They’ll be treated to live performances by the rapper-producer Galcher Lustwerk, the producer and artist Hiro Kone, and a DJ set by Miho Hatori.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Buccellati, Diageo (Tanqueray), Lamborghini, Guerlain, Intimissimi.
Fernando Casablancas, Laurie Lynn Stark, and Jordan Barrett attend the ICA opening reception on Tuesday, November 30th.
DJ Jack Benmeleh spun for the crowd at the ICA sculpture garden on Monday evening.
Artists Hugh Hayden and Jadé Fadojutimi.
Lucrezia Buccellati at the W x ICA Artist dinner at Soho House on Monday, November 29th.
The ICA sculpture garden featured a Tanqueray bar with specialty cocktails on both evenings.
W Editor in Chief Sara Moonves on Tuesday evening.
Guerlain parfums owned the evening air in the ICA sculpture garden on Monday, November 29th.
Karlie Kloss and Selby Drummond at the ICA opening reception on Tuesday, November 30th.
Models Paris Brosnan and Fernando Casablancas attend the ICA VIP cocktail reception Tuesday, November 30th.
Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann.
Chrome Hearts’ Laurie Lynn Stark and the ICA’s Alex Gartenfeld on Tuesday, November 30th.
Shepard Fairey attends the ICA opening reception on Tuesday, November 30th.
A bespoke Chrome Hearts basketball court artwork served as guests’ photo backdrop of choice for the ICA opening cocktail reception on Tuesday, November 30th.
Derek Blasberg and Karlie Kloss at the ICA opening reception on Tuesday, November 30th.


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