Untitled Art Fair’s 2023 Edition to Focus on Digital Innovation and Inclusivity in the Art World

The Miami Beach-based fair returns this month with a full slate of dynamic programming and events.

Untitled Art Fair has been acquired by the event group South Florida Ventures. Photo: Casey Kelbaugh/CKA. Courtesy of Untitled Art Fair.

The critically acclaimed and visitor-beloved Untitled Art fair returns to Miami Beach next week, running from December 6–10, with 160 exhibitors representing 38 countries, and featuring almost 600 artists, making it the largest and most diverse edition to date. With such an expansive roster, there’s a lot of opportunity for discovery.

“I’d love visitors to the 12th edition of Untitled Art, Miami Beach, to know just how much our curatorial programming focuses on gender inclusivity and digital innovations this year” Director of Development and Curatorial Affairs, Clara Andrade Pereira says, “which can be seen across all aspects of the fair—from exhibitor presentations to prizes, partners, and performances.”

Auriea Harvey, mother/child (2022). Photo: Emile Askey. Courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery.

Performance art will have a significant place in the fair with ten live performances, highlighting Untitled Art’s commitment to fostering and promoting non-commercial genres and multi-disciplinary art practices.

And those traveling down from New York will have a taste of home through the project series New York Performance NOW! “Presented by the N.Y.C.-based, artist-run initiative 99 Canal, this series is curated by Kyla Gordon to highlight issues related to trans rights, group dynamics, and interspecies relationships,” Pereira commented. Despite the emphasis on performances in the Northeastern city, Miami will still be a core focus. “The Miami-based art community is also a key priority in the fair’s mission—to support the local environment in which we operate. This year, we have curated programming in Spanish as an acknowledgment of Miami’s strong Latin American community and geographical location. Whitney Museum of American Art Curator Marcela Guerrero, new to the Untitled Art Ambassador Committee, and longstanding exhibitor Henrique Faria will lead these conversations.”

Sahana Ramakrishnan, Untitled (2022). Courtesy of Fridman Gallery.

Recently, the fair revealed its two overarching themes, “Gender Equality in the Arts” and “Curating in the Digital Age.” The thread of these themes promises to be found throughout the fair, emphasized by a dynamic range of programming, including Special Projects, The Untitled Art Podcast panel discussions, and a full slate of performances. “I’ve been thrilled to see such resounding alignment from our collaborators,” said Pereira.

The themes were inspired by shortcomings observed in the art world, despite the art world proclaiming itself “ahead of the curve” when it comes to gender parity and digital innovation. Looking at these two issues through the lens of what helps the art community first and foremost, the fair has developed a comprehensive approach to address these disparities.

Richard Ayodeji Ikhide, The Ancestors Dance, while we are Brought in (2023). © Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro.

“Using these themes as a framework has worked really well in demonstrating our mission of both increasing our audience’s access to contemporary art and providing a curatorial lens for discovering underrepresented voices, spaces, and narratives. Notably for our 2023 edition, nearly 60 percent of exhibiting artists and 35 percent of exhibitors identify as female or non-binary and over 35 percent of artists and 20 percent of exhibitors are BIPOC, Latin American, and Asian.”

Zoe McGuire, Atlas (2023). Photo: PD Rearick. Courtesy of the artist and Library Street Collective.

Pereira continued, “Through an expanded partnership with Vortic, the leading digital exhibition platform and Untitled Art’s Official Digital Partner, we provided our exhibitors with the opportunity to create virtual extensions of their presence in Miami. We believe that these hybrid virtual and physical opportunities represent crucial next steps for our industry, offering accessibility, more diverse and international presentations, and the ability to reach wider audiences while offering more sustainable alternatives. And where best to plant these seeds for change on such an international stage than during Miami Art Week!”

Joseph Obanubi, Generative 4 (2023). Courtesy of the artist and kó.

Untitled Art Miami Beach 2023 takes place Wednesday, December 6, through Sunday, December 10.

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