Pantone and Valspar Expand PANTONE UNIVERSE Paint Collection with the 2014 Color of the Year

Spark your imagination with PANTONE Radiant Orchid

Pantone, an X-Rite company and a global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, and Valspar Paint®, a leader in the paint industry, today announced the addition of PANTONE® Radiant Orchid, the 2014 Color of the Year, to the PANTONE UNIVERSE(TM) Paint Collection by Valspar available exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide. An embracing harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid is an expressive color that emanates great joy, love and health in the home.

Pantone and Valspar Expand PANTONE UNIVERSE Paint Collection with the 2014 Color of the Year. Spark your imagination with PANTONE Radiant Orchid.  (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

Pantone and Valspar Expand PANTONE UNIVERSE Paint Collection with the 2014 Color of the Year. Spark your imagination with PANTONE Radiant Orchid. (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

Nothing can transform the mood of a room more than color, and the purple family has continued to grow in popularity and acceptance among interior designers and consumers alike,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.As we move into 2014, we are beginning to embrace bold paint colors in the home for accent walls or to revamp key furniture pieces. Radiant Orchid is a surprisingly versatile, modern hue that evokes a sense of creativity and movement that will elevate any room to a new dimension.”

Through our partnership with Pantone and the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee, we continue to deliver on our promise to help people connect to the power of color,” said Sue Kim, color and trend specialist, Valspar. “Design-savvy consumers can infuse Radiant Orchid, a pleasing attention-getter, into their homes to add a sense of drama and glamour to any space.”

Reinvigorate your home with Radiant Orchid and complementary color combinations from the PANTONE UNIVERSE Paint Collection by Valspar including:
Shades of blue: Create a personalized look and defy conventional wisdom by coupling this eye-catching hue with varying blue tones. Bring excitement to soft, ethereal PANTONE Illusion Blue, or give your room an exotic flair by pairing this purple hue with PANTONE Moroccan Blue. A striking and resplendent complement to PANTONE Peacock Blue, Radiant Orchid’s incandescent spirit can be applied through accessories, upholstery and, of course, paint in living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens.
Nuanced neutrals: Reenergize your home by adding pops of Radiant Orchid to neutral hues. This vibrant color enlivens lighter to deeper neutral shades, including PANTONE Mushroom and PANTONE Timber Wolf, as well as warmer neutrals such as PANTONE Bleached Sand. Use Radiant Orchid in hallways for a unique visual pathway or accentuate small spaces, such as the interior of a closet or a cabinet, for a pleasant surprise.
Daring purples: Give your dining room the royal treatment by pairing Radiant Orchid with PANTONE Amaranth for a dramatic and sophisticated look. Radiant Orchid is also compatible with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, including PANTONE Wild Orchid, and adds a touch of sensuality to romantic PANTONE Sweet Lavender.
Gorgeous greens: Uplifting without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid epitomizes the glory and freshness of spring when paired with PANTONE Tender Shoots, bringing a burst of tropical garden color indoors. It also provides a unique accent for deeper greens, such as PANTONE Hunter Green, which makes Radiant Orchid the perfect paint color for pottery and patio furniture.

The PANTONE UNIVERSE Paint Collection is available in Valspar Signature®, high-quality interior paint with primer that features exceptional coverage and superior fade resistance. Valspar Signature comes in matte, eggshell, satin and semi-gloss finishes and retails for $31.98 to $34.98 per gallon. The 2014 Color of the Year PANTONE Radiant Orchid paint will be available at Lowe’s stores beginning in December.

Available exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide, the PANTONE UNIVERSE Paint Collection by Valspar features 100 on-trend hues ranging from classic neutrals to the latest brights. The collection also includes recent PANTONE(®) Color of the Year selections: 2013 Color of the Year PANTONE Emerald, and the 2012 selection, PANTONE Tangerine Tango.

For more information, please visit www.lowes.com/paint or www.valsparpaint.com.

Tequila Avion(TM) Introduces Avion Reserva 44

Tequila Avion® has unveiled Avion Reserva 44, an exceptional extra anejo tequila. Tequila Avion® is the ultra-premium tequila that defines a new standard of quality and taste. Produced with fifth generation agave growers from the finest Blue Weber agave found in the highest regions of Jalisco, Mexico, Tequila Avion’s distinct flavors are achieved through a combination of slow-roasting at lower temperatures to protect the natural flavors of the Avion Agave and a proprietary ultra-slow filtration process which creates an unusually smooth taste profile. Tequila Avion is available in Silver, Reposado, Anejo, Espresso Liqueur and now Avion Reserva 44.

TEQUILA AVION(TM) INTRODUCES AVION RESERVA 44 | The World's Best Tasting Tequila Unveils Exclusive Release of Extra Anejo. (PRNewsFoto/Tequila Avion)

TEQUILA AVION(TM) INTRODUCES AVION RESERVA 44 | The World’s Best Tasting Tequila Unveils Exclusive Release of Extra Anejo. (PRNewsFoto/Tequila Avion)

Avion Reserva 44 is hand bottled in extremely limited batches and carefully filled into a fire-polished, luxurious crystal bottle. Only 744 cases of the unique, handcrafted extra anejo tequila will be available worldwide and the brand will unveil the first 150 select cases of Reserva 44 just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. This very special addition joins the already exceptional line of handcrafted tequila from Avion, which was voted World’s Best Tasting Tequila at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Avion Reserva 44 is crafted in the highlands town of Jesus Maria, Mexico. The process to create this exceptional tequila begins with the founder’s unwavering commitment to quality. Avion Agave is hand selected and estate grown at 7,000 feet above sea level. Slow roasted in brick ovens for 72 hours, the Avion Agave is carefully distilled and filtered through Avion’s proprietary ultra-slow filtration method, where it is then aged for 43 months in oak barrels to create an incredibly smooth and finely balanced finish. The final step for Avion Reserva 44 is aging the liquid for an additional month in specially selected petite barrels, which are rotated daily. It is during this intensive process that Reserva 44 takes on its rich, complex character. The liquid is then hand-filled into a fire polished crystal bottle, hand numbered and individually signed by Founder, Ken Austin. Reserva 44 is then enclosed in a uniquely crafted luxury gift box and shipped in a wooden crate.

I’ve waited and waited to release Avion Reserva 44. Years ago, I reserved specific batches of our tequila to be placed into the Reserva 44 barrels and have closely watched their progression,” said Ken Austin, Founder and Chairman. “This release is the culmination of our bespoke tequila process. Reserva 44 is a spirit that the most demanding of tequila connoisseurs and single malt scotch drinkers will fully appreciate.”

Jenna Fagnan, President of Tequila Avion, said, “Tequila Avion has become the fastest growing ultra-premium tequila on the market and it’s due to Ken’s unwavering dedication to always push traditional tequila rules and never settling until all previous limits have been surpassed. Avion Reserva 44 once again reminds us of why Avion was voted the world’s best tasting tequila.”

Avion Reserva 44 has the distinctive character of Avion Agave with hints of warm vanilla, ripe luscious fruits and a touch of spice–the hallmark of Avion fine tequila. It is 80 proof and is available in 750ml fire polished crystal bottles (SRP – $150.00) and is best enjoyed neat at room temperature or with a single cube of ice.

Learn Original Czech Glass-Making at the Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Designed for families and travellers seeking something educative and truly out of the ordinary, Mandarin Oriental, Prague’s SECRETS OF CZECH GLASS-MAKING PACKAGE provides entertainment through this celebrated Czech tradition. The two-night package offers guests luxurious accommodation in the inspiring ambience of this once Dominican monastery, as well as a glimpse inside Anezka, the private workshop of one of the most famous Czech architects and designers – Bořek Šípek, who has won many design awards and has repeatedly exhibited works at world famous exhibitions.

The MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PRAGUE is an intimate hotel located in a former Dominican monastery set amidst the palaces and gardens of Prague’s historic Malá Strana district.

The MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PRAGUE is an intimate hotel located in a former Dominican monastery set amidst the palaces and gardens of Prague’s historic Malá Strana district.

Professor Bořek Šípek is a cosmopolitan architect and designer. He taught design at universities in Hannover, Essen and later, in Prague for many years, and has worked for the prestigious Italian design company, Driade. Šípek has won many design awards, repeatedly exhibited works at world famous exhibitions and continues to collaborate with some of the best design companies.
Ideally situated for exploring the city’s best offerings, Mandarin Oriental, Prague provides a comfortable and relaxing retreat with Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_black_logoluxurious rooms and stylish dining options. Set amidst the picturesque Malá Strana neighbourhood and steps away from the famed Charles Bridge, the calm ambience of this one-time monastery inspires guests to enrich their knowledge about Czech traditions and hidden charms.

Guests who book this package will be comfortably transported by limousine to the Anezka in Novy Bor, and welcomed with a glass of Czech sparkling wine. A guide will provide a tour and lecture on glass-making and the specifics of Czech designs. There will also be an interesting show of glass master teamwork and those who wish to, will also have the opportunity to blow glass with the glass masters. The trip concludes with an Asian lunch at Šípek’s gallery restaurant, Kokoro.

Valid year-round, the SECRETS OF CZECH GLASS-MAKING PACKAGE is available from EUR917 and includes:
Two nights in a luxury Deluxe room
Daily breakfast at Essensia restaurant
Return limousine transfer to Anezka glass factory in Novy Bor
Private tour of the Anezka glass factory with a welcome drink and optional glass-blowing
Lunch at Šípek’s design restaurant Kokoro in Novy Bor
Keepsake from designer Bořek Šípek

The package is subject to availability. Rates are based on double occupancy and a stay of two consecutive nights, and are inclusive of service charge and tax. The Secrets of Czech Glass-Making package can be booked via Reservation department at +420 233 088 888 or via e-mail on moprg-reservations@mohg.com.

Guests are also welcome to unwind and recover from this exciting day at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, which offers a wide range of treatments where East and West blend in harmony to soothe both body and soul.

Celebrate The New Year with Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams In Complete Luxury At Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

From a New Year’s Eve reception and dinner to rejuvenating spa treatments and a New Year accommodation package, Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is offering unique experiences for guests to welcome 2014.

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Foodies can fête the end of 2013 in style at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco with a special black-tie event, the New Year’s Eve Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams Fête. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with the New Year’s Eve Champagne and Caviar Reception featuring various champagne and sparkling houses and California Caviar. The exclusive event continues at 8 p.m. with an extravagant five-course dinner created by Executive Chef Adam Mali with wines paired by Beverage Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_black_logoDirector Nicole Kosta. Guests will dine while enjoying a live musical performance by Oakland based vocalist and pianist Jennifer Lee. The festivities will culminate at 10 p.m. with DJ Jeff Navarro at the New Year Eve Bubbly Party where guests will dance their way into the New Year while delighting in Pommery Champagne, dessert and a late night buffet.

Tickets to the New Year’s Eve Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams Fête are priced at USD325 per person or USD300 per person when purchased before December 15th. A table for 10 guests is available at USD3,000. Alternatively, individual tickets are available for each of the New Year’s Eve festivities which include the Champagne and Caviar Reception at USD50 per person and the New Year Eve Bubbly Party at USD125 per person. Guests can also reserve VIP Champagne bottle service tables with a bottle of Pommery Brut Apanage Champagne and California Caviar priced at USD300 per person. All prices include tax and service charges. For tickets or more information, please contact +1 (415) 276-9724, email nkosta@mohg.com or visit www.NYEFete.eventbrite.com

Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams Package
You can also celebrate New Year’s Eve in the elegance and comfort of Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco with the Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams Package. Priced at USD765, the offer includes:
— One night stay in sumptuous accommodation
— Two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Champagne and Caviar Reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
— Overnight valet parking for one vehicle
— Late check out at 2 p.m.

The package is available on December 31, 2013 and is subject to availability plus taxes and gratuities. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at +1 (415) 276-9600, emailing mosfo-reservations@mohg.com, through Mandarin Oriental’s worldwide sales and reservations offices on +1 (866) 796-5475, or visit the Group’s direct on-line reservations service at http://www.mandarinoriental.com

Embrace the New Year at The Spa
Guests can prepare for the New Year celebrations with two spa offers to rejuvenate the mind and body. Guests will receive a 1 hour and 20 minute Customized Aromatherapy Facial followed by a 20 minute Revitalizing Eye Treatment for USD200. As the festivities begin, guests can get celebration-ready with a two-hour Mandarin Oriental Manicure and Pedicure with a variety of Gelish colour application for USD145. For more information, please contact the Spa Concierge at +1 (415) 276-9608 or email mosfo-spa@mohg.com

The 158-room Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is located in the heart of the city and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the bay and beyond from the top 11 floors of San Francisco’s third tallest building, 345 California Center. Having recently completed an extensive refurbishment during its 25th Anniversary year with the addition of Brasserie S&P restaurant and bar, and an 8,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center, the hotel is consistently ranked among the world’s top hotels by leading authorities. For reservations or more information, please call +1 800 622 0404 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com/sanfrancisco.

Emmy-Award Winning Netflix Original Series, “House of Cards” Returns For Second Season Friday, February 14

From Media Rights Capital, All 13-Episodes of Second Season Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright Available to Netflix Members Everywhere at Launch

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The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” will premiere Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award(® )winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe(®) nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy(®) nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available.

From director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), award-winning playwright and Academy Award(®) nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon (“Farragut North,” “The Ides of March”) and Academy Award(®) winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “Munich,” “The Insider”), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C.

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In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwoods must overcome these dangers — past and present — to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.

In addition to Spacey, Wright, Mara, Gill and McRaney, the series also stars Mahershala Ali (“Treme”), Sebastian Arcelus (“Person of Interest”), Kristen Connolly (“The Cabin in the Woods”), Nathan Darrow (“Rigged”), Sakina Jaffrey (“Definitely Maybe”), Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and Molly Parker (“Deadwood”).

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Additional cast members appearing in the series include: Jayne Atkinson (“The Following”), Gil Birmingham (“The Lone Ranger”), Rachel Brosnahan (“Orange is the New Black”), Reg E. Cathey (“Grimm”), Derek Cecil (“Treme”), Terry Chen (“Bates Motel”), Ben Daniels (“Merlin”), Joanna Going (“Mad Men”), Boris McGiver (“Person of Interest”), Mozhan Marno (“In Plain Sight”) Sam Page (“Mad Men”), Kate Lyn Sheil (“V/H/S”), Jimmi Simpson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Constance Zimmer (“The Newsroom”).

Carl Franklin (“Homeland”), James Foley (“Glengarry Glen Ross”), John David Coles (“Justified”), Jodie Foster  (“Orange is the New Black”) and Robin Wright all direct season-two episodes.

House of Cards,” the first original series produced by Media Rights Capital for Netflix, received enormous critical acclaim for its first season. In the summer of 2013, for its first season, the series made history as the first ever streaming series to earn Primetime Emmy(®) nominations in major categories, including: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Spacey), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Wright), Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series (Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Fincher), Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series (Eigil Bryld), Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Kirk Baxter), Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Jeff Beal). In all, the show took home three Emmy(®) wins for casting, directing and cinematography for its first season.

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Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, the second season of “House of Cards” is executive produced by Fincher, Willimon, Joshua Donen, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Andrew Davies, Michael Dobbs and David Manson. The one-hour drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.

Introducing OYOBox: The Chic, Contemporary Solution For Storing Eyewear

New Handcrafted Luxury Product Streamlines Organization, Makes Great Holiday Gift For Men, Women, Families

OYOBox is the chic, contemporary solution for storing eyewear.  It was designed to protect and display up to eight pairs of sunglasses and eyeglasses, like a jewelry box for eyewear.  It can accommodate both small readers and large, trendy frames.  (PRNewsFoto/OYOBox)

OYOBox is the chic, contemporary solution for storing eyewear. It was designed to protect and display up to eight pairs of sunglasses and eyeglasses, like a jewelry box for eyewear. It can accommodate both small readers and large, trendy frames. (PRNewsFoto/OYOBox)

We all know the feeling of fumbling around for the pair we’re looking for, or searching around your car or house looking for your favorite frames. You wouldn’t toss your favorite jewelry in drawers all over your house or leave your diamond earrings swimming around the depths of your purse, so why do that with your eyewear?

Just as fine jewelry belongs in a jewelry box, eyeglasses and sunglasses belong in an OYOBox. Just in time for the holidays–OYOBox is an innovative product designed to streamline the way you store and wear glasses. OYOBox solves this dilemma by allowing you to store up to eight pairs of your favorite glasses in a centralized location.

OYOBox is offered in an extensive array of vibrant colors and luxurious wood finishes to complement any style or decor. Each unit is outfitted with easy to clean leatherette interior, state-of-the-art modern hinges and shatterproof top window for viewing.  The handmade OYOBox features seven layers of meticulously hand-applied lacquer that embodies the luxury of the collection.

“I designed OYOBox to create ease in selecting your eyewear on a daily basis,” said OYOBox Co-Founder Luba Stark.  “OYOBox was developed to introduce a new way of thinking, storing and relating to your eyewear collection.  Our product is unique because it brings precious eyewear out of the dark and into the light.”

Stark and her brother, Michael Kriss, developed OYOBox after realizing there was no other product on the market that served the same purpose with such attention to detail and craftsmanship.

“We saw a huge gap in the market that needed to be filled and wanted to help streamline peoples’ lives by providing them with a functional yet stylish product to store their eyewear,” said Kriss.  “OYOBox is something nearly everyone will find useful, whether for themselves or for their entire family.”

OYOBox is a great holiday gift idea for anyone on your list:

—  Fashionistas. Take your pick of frames to change up your look.

—  Sunglass aficionados. Protect expensive designer frames like Chanel and Prada.

—  Guys on the go. Most men don’t bother to hold on to individual cases.

—  Busy moms. Keep OYOBox on the entry table to get out the door with ease.

—  Loved ones with reading glasses. Corral stray pairs of readers in one place.

—  Home organizers. OYOBox’s chic design and universal color options match any decor.

Each OYOBox comes with a sunglass pouch, cleaning cloth and carrying tote. It retails from $250 to $300, and is available for purchase at select upscale boutiques nationwide or at www.oyobox.com.

 

MoMA Presents Gauguin: Metamorphoses, March 08, 2014–June 08, 2014

The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Head with Horns. 1895–97. Wood with traces of paint, head 8 11/16 x 9 x 4 3/4″ (22 x 22.8 x 12 cm); base 7 7/8 x 9 13/16 x 6 7/8″ (20 x 25 x 17.5 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Head with Horns. 1895–97. Wood with traces of paint, head 8 11/16 x 9 x 4 3/4″ (22 x 22.8 x 12 cm); base 7 7/8 x 9 13/16 x 6 7/8″ (20 x 25 x 17.5 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Gauguin: Metamorphoses exhibition focuses on Paul Gauguin’s rare and extraordinary prints and transfer drawings, and their relationship to his better-known paintings and his sculptures in wood and ceramic. Comprising approximately 150 works, including some 120 works on paper and a critical selection of some 30 related paintings and sculptures, it is the first exhibition to take an in-depth look at this overall body of work.

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Maruru (Offerings of Gratitude) from the suite Noa Noa (Fragrant Scent). 1893-94. Woodcut, comp. 8 1/16 x 14″ (20.5 x 35.5 cm). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. Photo credit: © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts (photo by Michael Agee)

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Maruru (Offerings of Gratitude) from the suite Noa Noa (Fragrant Scent). 1893-94. Woodcut, comp. 8 1/16 x 14″ (20.5 x 35.5 cm). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. Photo credit: © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts (photo by Michael Agee)

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Mata mua (In Olden Times). 1892. Oil on canvas, 35 13/16 x 27 3/16″ (91 x 69 cm). Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. On deposit at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Photo credit: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza / Scala / Art Resource, NY

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Mata mua (In Olden Times). 1892. Oil on canvas, 35 13/16 x 27 3/16″ (91 x 69 cm). Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. On deposit at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Photo credit: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza / Scala / Art Resource, NY

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Nave nave fenua (Delightful Land) from the suite Noa Noa (Fragrant Scent). 1893-94. Woodcut, comp. 14 x 8″ (35.6 x 20.3 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Rosenwald Collection

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Nave nave fenua (Delightful Land) from the suite Noa Noa (Fragrant Scent). 1893-94. Woodcut, comp. 14 x 8″ (35.6 x 20.3 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Rosenwald Collection

Created in several discreet bursts of activity from 1889 until his death in 1903, these remarkable works on paper reflect Gauguin’s experiments with a range of mediums, from radically “primitive” woodcuts that extend from the sculptural gouging of his carved wood reliefs, to jewel-like watercolor monotypes and large, mysterious transfer drawings. Gauguin’s creative process often involved repeating and recombining key motifs from one image to another, allowing them to evolve and metamorphose over time and across mediums. Continue reading

Burton Debuts the 2014 Olympic U.S. Snowboarding Team Uniforms

This week, Burton Snowboards has officially unveiled the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding Team uniforms that all riders representing the United States will wear during competition at the 2014 SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS. The Sochi Games will mark the third consecutive Olympics where Burton has partnered with U.S. SKI & SNOWBOARD ASSOCIATION (USSA) to create one-of-a-kind uniforms designed for riders, by riders. The pinnacle pieces of the uniform consist of technical outerwear jackets and pants, and in addition, Burton is also supplying the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding Team with hats, gloves, base-layers and fleece to wear while competing.

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2014 U.S. SNOWBOARDING TEAM UNIFORMS – Men’s Collection

2014 U.S. SNOWBOARDING TEAM UNIFORMS - Women's Collection

2014 U.S. SNOWBOARDING TEAM UNIFORMS – Women’s Collection

In 1977, JAKE BURTON CARPENTER founded BURTON SNOWBOARDS out of his Vermont barn and has dedicated his life to snowboarding ever since. Burton has played a pivotal role in growing snowboarding from a backyard hobby to a world-class sport by creating ground-breaking products, supporting a team of top snowboarders and pushing resorts to allow snowboarding. Today, Burton designs and manufactures industry-leading products for snowboarding and the snowboard lifestyle, including snowboards, boots, bindings, outerwear and layering as well as year-round apparel, packs/bags and accessories. For more information on Burton, head to www.burton.com

Back in 2006 and again in 2010, Burton stepped up to create the Olympic uniforms because we felt it was imperative that a snowboard company help drive the design around what riders want,” said Jake Burton, Founder & CEO of Burton Snowboards. “Just like for Torino and Vancouver, the 2014 uniform was designed around feedback from some of the best American snowboarders to make sure that the design, fit and vibe represented our sport and our country in the best possible way. I can’t wait to see the riders on the podium wearing our uniforms.” Continue reading

The new H&M Sport: an expanded concept with focus on performance, fit and function

H&M is proud to announce the evolution and growth of its H&M Sport concept in January 2014. The new H&M Sport will offer greater choice and new designs for more sporting activities, reflecting the increasingly active lifestyles of women, men and children. The new H&M Sport collection has been designed with input from world class professional athletes from the Swedish Olympic team, placing the emphasis on performance, with a natural instinct for fashion. As well as a new visual identity, H&M Sport will also get its own dedicated area in selected stores. The expansion confirms H&M’s long-term commitment to H&M Sport, and its rapidly growing engagement with the world of sport.

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The new H&M Sport is so exciting, especially with the expert input from athletes from the Swedish Olympic team. Sport and fitness is becoming an increasingly important part of all of our lifestyles, and the new H&M Sport is there to help you look and feel great,Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Head of Design at H&M.

What we wear definitely makes a difference when we compete. It’s been a great experience to offer our advice for this newly expanded H&M Sport collection. Our focus has been checking the pieces for fit and function, for performance and also comfort. These new H&M Sport pieces will help everyone get the most out of their sporting life,” says Swedish swimmer and Olympic medallist Therese Alshammar. Continue reading

The Whitney Presents Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition, Highlighting a Beneficent Gift from Richard and Jackie Hollander

The Whitney Museum of American Art will mount an exhibition of works by Edward Steichen, the pioneering American photographer best known for his striking portraits from the early-twentieth century. Organized by senior curatorial assistant Carrie Springer, the exhibition includes celebrity portraits and fashion photographs taken for Vanity Fair and Vogue, images shot for advertising campaigns, and a selection of photographs that show the artist’s interest in the natural world. The approximately forty-five works that comprise Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition were a generous gift to the Whitney from Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander. The exhibition will be on view from December 6 through February 2014 in the Museum’s Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Gallery.

Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, (for Vanity Fair), 1931. Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander  2012.234

Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, (for Vanity Fair), 1931. Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander 2012.234

Edward Steichen (1879–1973) began his career as a painter and a photographer, producing atmospheric and expressive photographs with a deliberate painterly appearance. After serving in World War I as an aerial photographer, he abandoned painting and developed a more modernist approach to photography, focusing on making images for the printed page. After serving as the chief photographer for Condé Nast publications from 1923 to 1937, Steichen resigned from his post and, at the age of fifty-nine, gave up his New York studio.

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Edward Steichen, Foxgloves, France, 1925. Gelatin silver print, 9 15/16 × 7 15/16in. (25.2 × 20.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander 2012.222

During World War II, Steichen volunteered for service, and became director of the U.S. Navy Photographic Institute, in charge of all Navy Combat photography. In 1947, he was appointed director of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, where he worked for fifteen years and curated more than forty exhibitions. His most famous show was The Family of Man (1955), a wide-ranging exhibition of photographs by artists from around the world linked together a shared human experience. MoMA also mounted an exhibition of Steichen’s own work in 1961, the year before he retired. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy presented Steichen with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the government bestows to a civilian.

Edward Steichen, Paul Robeson (as Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones, for Vanity Fair), 1933. Gelatin silver print, mounted on board, 9 15/16 × 8in. (25.2 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander  2012.240

Edward Steichen, Paul Robeson (as Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones, for Vanity Fair), 1933. Gelatin silver print, mounted on board, 9 15/16 × 8in. (25.2 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander 2012.240

This exhibition covers a period when Steichen was the chief photographer for Condé Nast Publications, a position he held from 1923 to 1937. Considered one of the greatest portrait photographers at that time, Steichen was assigned to photograph famous actors, writers, artists, statesmen, and society figures for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines. His portraits—including iconic images of Winston Churchill, Paul Robeson, Marlene Dietrich, Eugene O’Neill, and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, among others which will be on view— depict a rich slice of cultural history. Continue reading