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November 13, 2013

Ritz-Carlton South Beach Gets Ready for Art Basel

By Chris Boyle

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, one of only two recognized “Art Hotels” on South Beach, has unveiled its Art Basel program of events.

The landmark hotel, in the city’s historic Art Deco district, is located at the epicenter of the world renowned Art Basel festival.

Founded by artists 43 years ago, the prestigious modern and contemporary exhibits are held annually in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach. Art Basel displays works by international artists, while introducing enthusiasts to the next big art phenoms.

More than 50,000 international visitors including artists, collectors, curators and art enthusiasts are expected to attend Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.

Art Basel 2013 Events at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

• December 1, 2013- Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts Exhibit

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and Diana Lowenstein Arts Gallery will be collaborating for an Art Basel limited installation suspended center stage above the hotel’s lobby.

The monumental installation entitled ‘Light and Paper’ is the work of German sculptor Angela Glajcar. The floating sculpture of fiberglass fabric measures 21 feet long and 8 feet high, combining states of equilibrium of lightness and is intended to evoke an emotional reaction to the inanimate object.

Art enthusiasts and hotel guests are also encouraged to tour the $2 million dollar contemporary art collection of Latin American and European artists displayed throughout The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. The works of art are on loan from the private collection of Wynwood curator Diana Lowenstein.

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* December 5, 2013- Real Housewife of Miami and Socialite Lea Black to Display and Sell her Artistic Accessories

When the Miami socialite is not being a wife, mother, charity activist and staring in her hit Bravo show, Lea Black is designing her After Five crystal handbags. Lea describes her handbag line as classic, chic, timeless pieces with a bit of wow and bling.

Meet Lea and cheer to her success with Zyr Vodka “Lea-tinis” and couture cookies, handcrafted to resemble Lea’s purses by Pastry Chef Jason Morale. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach will be displaying and selling Lea’s line on December 5 at the Lobby Bar from 6 to 8pm.

* December 5-8, 2013 – The Art Basel Ambassador Reprises his Role

The Art Basel Ambassador is the go-to Basel expert helping guests navigate through parties, events, and exhibits. With hundreds of art shows, installations and parties packed into four short days during the famed Art Basel Miami Beach event, a plan is necessary. Art Basel enthusiasts and neophytes can strategically plan their every move with the Art Basel Ambassador, a valuable resource available exclusively to guests staying at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

An art aficionado and concierge for 15 years, Art Basel Ambassador Noel Lanzas has developed his own ‘Art Basel Bible’ – a comprehensive book of all the planned activities, art openings, showings, installations, exhibits and parties that turn Miami Beach into one of the world’s most celebrated art festivals each year.

Using catalogued information, first-hand festival experience and the guest’s personal preferences, the Art Basel Ambassador has created a personalized itinerary and road map to enjoy the best of Art Basel, in addition to arranging private transportation, making hard-to-secure dining reservations and gaining entry into the most sought-after parties.

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