Check Out The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Art Basel Guide for Miami Art Week

Check Out The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Art Basel Guide for Miami Art Week

Check Out The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Art Basel Guide for Miami Art Week

The grand hotel will host Chef José Andrés and artist Serge Attukwei Clottey to show how sustainability and globalization go hand in hand.

The grand hotel will host Chef José Andrés and artist Serge Attukwei Clottey to show how sustainability and globalization go hand in hand.

Text: Addison Aloian

Miami Art Week 2021 and the Art Basel fair are coming to Miami, and The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, is welcoming Michelin-star Chef José Andrés and artist Serge Attukwei Clottey to celebrate through their methods of sustainability and globalization. Through this collaboration, the hotel is introducing the theme of “Art For Good” during the week, and how sustainability and globalization go hand in hand.

With many connections between the culinary and art worlds, Andrés and Clottey are opening up the floor for conversations about sustainability and the future of both of their industries. These conversations will be held through a unique private culinary experience and a large-scale artistic exhibition by Clottey open to the public that will be displayed in the hotel during the week.

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Clottey is a Ghanaian artist who is most well-known for repurposing plastic Kufuor gallons in his art to explore the topics of global warming, water scarcity, and other major environmental issues. All of these issues will be present in the debut of his commissioned work called The Bodies Left Behind (2021), which will be the primary conversation piece and exhibition during the week.

In The Bodies Left Behind, Clottey takes a traditional Ghanaian fishing boat and transforms it into an immersive sound sculpture experience, complete with crashing ocean waves and images of plastic and other objects collected on the shores of Ghana. As a whole, it will be a commentary on the politics of consumerism and how it has affected our environment, as well as the social, environmental, and economic legacies of colonialism that have been present in Ghana for centuries. In addition to this centerpiece, other works of his will be displayed throughout the hotel, as well as an installation of repurposed plastic from yellow gallon containers in the lobby that will be impossible to look away from.

Joining Andrés and Clottey is art-world authority Neville Wakefield, who will be the artistic curator for the hotel’s Miami Art Week program. Known for his interests in sustainable art, he is also the artistic director of Elevation1049 and Desert X, so he was the perfect candidate for this position. This site-specific installation was commissioned by Deutsche Bank Wealth Management and the Ben Josef, Olarte Kanavos and Lowenstein families.

The Dead Rabbit pop-up, which opened Nov. 29.

In addition to these art exhibits, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is also introducing the Dead Rabbit holiday popup, which will have its residency throughout the month of December. The New York City-based Irish bar will entertain guests with a selection of cocktails and other concoctions organized by the team of Jillian Vose, Beverage Director of The Dead Rabbit, and Enzo Cangemi, Head Bartender of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

Miami Art Week will additionally be celebrated with the “Art of the Craft Dinner” series of a limited number of ticketed dinners at Fuego y Mar. Three five-course meals (with cocktail receptions) will be prepared by Chef Samuel Vasquez with wine pairings from Jordan Winery, Orin Swift, and Gerard Bertrand.

To learn more about The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach’s Art For Good program and other Miami Art Week festivities, check out their website here.

Credits: Images Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach/Miami Art Week

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