Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh At Kingdom Centre Welcomes Industry Veteran Tony Coveney As New Hotel Manager

Four Seasons Veteran Moves To Riyadh Following Two Successful Years At Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced the appointment of Tony Coveney as the new Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre. A Four Seasons veteran with two decades of hospitality experience, Coveney arrives in the Kingdom from Four Seasons Hotel Sydney where he spent two years as Director of Rooms.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced the appointment of Tony Coveney as the new Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced the appointment of Tony Coveney as the new Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre.

After earning a hotel management degree in Ireland, Coveney began his career in food and beverage followed by a stint in marketing. In 2003, he joined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as Sales Manager for the former Four Seasons hotel in Dublin.

Shortly thereafter, Coveney jumped at an opportunity to be the pre-opening resort manager of a golf resort near his hometown in Ireland but soon returned to a new beginning at Four Seasons in Dublin, to join the front desk management team and later serve as Director of Rooms.

Coveney’s other stop before Riyadh was Sydney, where he served as Director of Rooms for the largest Four Seasons address with 531 rooms.

An optimist at heart, Coveney believes in the power of people working together toward a common goal, yet recognises the importance of being able to shift gears when needs arise. He likes to spend as much “Golden Time” as possible, personally assisting guests to ensure their experience is special and bespoke and is keen on inspiring his team at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh to do the same.

Having recently moved from Sydney to Riyadh with his family, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh looks forward to seeing Coveney bring his talent, extensive experience and lively enthusiasm to his new role.


Introducing The Barber Shop At Four Seasons Resort And Residences Vail

The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail announces the opening of The Barber Shop, the latest innovation at the Resort catering specifically to men. The first of its kind in Vail Village, this classic American barber shop offers a variety of traditional and cutting-edge grooming services, complete with local craft brews and liquors served up with each treatment. Welcoming locals and visitors alike, The Barber Shop is located in a private room within the Resort’s Forbes 5-Star rated Spa, and features a unique “man cave-esque” décor furnished with masculine tones, dark wood floors and custom cabinetry. Retro barber art and a host of men’s magazines, along with an old-fashioned Collins barber chair and a classic American Marvy barber pole complement the distinctive design.

The Barber Shop’s services range from a classic straight edge razor shave and moustache trim to Moroccan oil scalp massages and various hair cut services, deemed A Cut & A Cold One.

The Barber Shop’s services range from a classic straight edge razor shave and moustache trim to Moroccan oil scalp massages and various hair cut services, deemed A Cut & A Cold One.

The Barber Shop’s services range from a classic straight edge razor shave and moustache trim to Moroccan oil scalp massages and various hair cut services, deemed A Cut & A Cold One. A custom men’s skin and hair care line, Eufora Hero, is used throughout all treatments, with products specially formulated to address men’s skin, scalp and hair health. Included with each service are local libations of choice, such as craft beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery or barrel-aged 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Bourbon.

The Spa’s salon has been very successful in attracting female clientele for hair and nail services, but we wanted to create a venue that specifically catered to our male guests as well,” says Mark Herron, General Manager, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. “The Barber Shop is the only men’s salon like it in the Valley offering custom service and 5-star amenities served up with local brews and craft liquors.”

First Christmas Full Moon In 38 Years Inspires Extraordinary Festive Celebrations At Four Seasons Resorts Bali

A full moon on Christmas Day does not occur often – this year will be the first in 38 years – and Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is preparing for an extraordinary celebration with Full Moon Christmas Yoga in a dramatically beautiful location, on its new river-edge yoga deck. (The last Christmas Day full moon was in 1977 and the next one is due in 2034, according to Dan Joyce, astronomer at Triton College’s Cernan Space Center.)

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan’s new Dharma Shanti River Terrace

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan’s new Dharma Shanti River Terrace

Perched on the banks of the Ayung River, the Resort’s new Dharma Shanti River Terrace provides a breathtaking open-air venue for a very different kind of Christmas celebration, with yoga salutations and meditation under the glow of the full moon and twinkling stars.UBU_538_aspect16x9

Every full moon or ‘purnama’ is a special day in Bali, and this year it just happens to coincide with December 25, which is a special celebration for many of our guests from around the world,” says Uday Rao, General Manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali. “We’ve all seen pictures of Santa and his reindeers flying past a bright full moon, and this year we will be keeping an eye out while doing Moon Salutations on the yoga deck!”

The Full Moon Christmas Yoga is part of a comprehensive festive events program at Four Seasons Resorts Bali, encompassing the riverside retreat of Four Seasons Sayan, and the all-villa beach escape of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.

Spend a relaxing, fun Holiday Season at the Four Seasons Resorts Bali nd the all-villa beach escape of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Spend a relaxing, fun Holiday Season at the Four Seasons Resorts Bali nd the all-villa beach escape of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Other highlights of festive program at Four Seasons Sayan include Santa’s arrival by river raft, New Year’s Eve meditation, “flying” AntiGravity Yoga, riverstone bathing rituals and sumptuous dining. Meanwhile the festive program at Four Seasons Jimbaran includes Surfing with Santa as part of the Resort’s new TropicSurf program. After hearing Christmas wish lists, Santa will don a pair of boardshorts and join the TropicSurf coach to take young guests surfing at the gentle beach break of Jimbaran Bay. Children will also be invited to join a dokar horse-and-cart ride with Santa around the Resort gardens.SZH_277_aspect16x9

To get families bonding and relaxing together this festive season, the Resort will run a Festive Amazing Race challenge, while The Healing Village Spa is offering Family Yoga. Guests looking for unique gift ideas can join a Chakra Blending Class to make their own ila Himalayan salt scrub and massage oil, as a gift for someone special or a memento of Christmas in Bali.

The sophisticated beach-club and restaurant, Sundara restaurant at Jimbaran Bay

The sophisticated beach-club and restaurant, Sundara at Jimbaran Bay

Sundara will host a stylish Countdown Party to ring in 2016 culminating in fireworks over the ocean.

Sundara will host a stylish Countdown Party to ring in 2016 culminating in fireworks over the ocean.

The last night of 2015 will be unforgettable at the sophisticated beach-club and restaurant, Sundara at Jimbaran Bay, located just steps above the sparkling surf. With a New Year’s Eve beach-front dinner and delightful new Customized Cocktails by DRY Martini, Sundara will host a stylish Countdown Party to ring in 2016 culminating in fireworks over the ocean. Sundara’s Recovery Brunch on New Year’s Day will be the perfect way to refresh and start 2016 – immersed in beach-front bliss, all-day grazing and re-hydrating, sundowners, live music and relaxed vibe. A Happy New Year, Bali-style.

Couples Weeks Return To Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

A Couples Package Plus Dedicated Adult-Only Offerings Ensures An Ideal Couples Escape To Central Florida’s Only AAA Five-Diamond ResortORL_697_aspect16x9

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is a couples paradise, with amenities including a lakeside infinity-edge adult only pool, the Tranquilo Golf Club, and an 18-treatment room Spa with six couples’ suites. In September 2015, the Resort launched a new Couples Stay and Play package and special Couples Weeks. Whether celebrating an anniversary, babymoon, mini-moon, reigniting the spark or just for fun (perhaps an early holiday treat!), Couples Weeks have never been more ideal.ORL_625_aspect16x9

Now, Couples Weeks are back for December 1-17, 2015, and select dates in 2016, providing additional reasons to enjoy an adult-only getaway. Couples checking in December 3-17 will enjoy experiencing the Resort’s spectacular holiday décor and grand Christmas tree in the main lobby.

Couples Weeks feature added offerings, including twice-weekly mixology classes so couples can “shake and stir” things up, as well as Dinner & A Movie nights. Every Friday night throughout the select Couples Weeks, a romantic comedy will be shown poolside at The Oasis adult-only pool, with the option of ordering poolside dinner. Also, The Oasis adult-only pool for guests ages 21 and older will offer extra complimentary amenities, such as infused fruits, each afternoon. Movies for December Couples Weeks include Crazy Stupid Love on December 4, and 500 Days of Summer on December 11.

The Four Seasons Orlando

The Four Seasons Orlando

Mixology Classes

Mixology classes let couples have a little fun while enjoying some delicious cocktails of their own creation. All classes are held in the Resort’s Demonstration Kitchen. The Couples Weeks mixology schedule is:

  • Wednesday, December 2 – Capa presents: Learn how to make a warm Spanish dessert cocktail
  • Saturday, December 5 – PB&G presents: Mix it up with PB&G’s eggnog with a twist
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Plancha presents: Discover how to make a delicious slow mulled wine
  • Saturday, December 12 – Ravello presents Café Amare: Enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up with this coffee-based cocktail, an Italian twist on a hot toddy
  • Wednesday, December 16 – The Lobby Bar presents North Star Nog: Time to open up the spice rack! Indulge in this modern take on a holiday favorite with an added kick

Massage 101 Classes at The Spa

Couples can enjoy the benefits of therapeutic touch and learn techniques of massage at a special Massage 101 class at The Spa. A talented team of Spa professionals will guide participants through pressure points, assisted stretching and more to alleviate muscle tension, relieve stress, and connect with their loved one. Classes are offered to guests on December 3, 10 and 17 at 3:00 pm.

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The Couples Stay and Play package includes two welcome cocktails, daily breakfast in bed for two, a guaranteed late check out of 2:00 pm to enjoy extra time to sleep in, unlimited in-room movies, plus the couple’s choice of a 50-minute Spa treatment for two, a golf lesson for two, or a tennis lesson for two.

This package gives couples the perfect excuse to check in without kids in tow,” says Thomas Steinhauer, General Manager. “It’s true there’s a lot for families to do in Orlando, but there’s also so much fun for adults to experience.

The fun Steinhauer references includes the Disney theme parks and more – from fine dining at one of the Resort’s six restaurants to enjoying the sumptuous spa and many recreation offerings, Four Seasons offers something to appeal to many couples’ interests.

COUPLES WEEKS CALENDAR

Couples Weeks are offered December 1 through 17, 2015. Additional Couples Weeks dates for 2016 include January 4 through February 8, and April 27 through May 26. The specific calendars of events for 2016 Couples Weeks will be released soon. For reservations: 1 800 267 3046.

David Yurman Launches Holiday 2015 Campaign

This holiday season, David Yurman takes its iconic advertising to the next level with images by celebrated photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot —the company’s first-ever campaign shot in color. Featuring models Kate Moss and Anna Ewers, and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, the images capture the spontaneous moments and multiple expressions of the brand. Kate and Anna wearlayers of fine jewelry—pavé gemstone designs and 18k gold pieces—in the effortless style that is a David Yurman signature.

Photo Credit: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott (PRNewsFoto/David Yurman)

David Yurman Holiday 2015 starring Kate Moss. Photo Credit: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott (PRNewsFoto/David Yurman)

“Our objective for this campaign is to extend the language of jewelry and the expression of artistry.  We wanted the imagery and the introduction of color to evoke joy, lightness and life. It had to have a spirit of playfulness yet sophistication, and signal empowerment and confidence. The layering of jewelry and the distinct style speaks to our unconventional perspective and personality.”  said Sybil Yurman, Co-Founder, David Yurman.

David Yurman Holiday 2015 starring Anna Ewers. Photo Credit: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott (PRNewsFoto/David Yurman)

David Yurman Holiday 2015 starring Anna Ewers. Photo Credit: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott (PRNewsFoto/David Yurman)

In 2001, David Yurman revolutionized the jewelry and design world with a campaign featuring Peter Lindbergh‘s black and white images of supermodels—a divergence from the typical still life jewelry ads of the time. Lindbergh’s images depicted the experience of wearing jewelry as sensual and emotional, an ethos that continues in Mert and Marcus’s photographs.

Also linking past and present is Kate, the face of David Yurman for more than 10 years. Anna, captivating yet approachable, brings a playful feel to the images. The campaign ultimately reflects the unconventional artistry and imagery that distinguishes David Yurman.

Childish Things: Vija Celmins, Robert Gober, Mike Kelley Opens at Skarstedt London

October 9 – November 21, 2015

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. —1 Corinthians 13.11

Skarstedt London (23 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4PZ, UK; t: +44 207 499 5200; f: +44 207 491 8805. london@skarstedt.com, @skarstedtgallery) is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition Childish Things, to coincide with Frieze Masters at the London gallery. Featuring iconic works by Vija Celmins, Robert Gober and Mike Kelley, the exhibition engages with the deeply personal and often repressed memories of childhood. Looking back on this formative period from adulthood, the artists incorporate keepsakes and domestic objects charged with emotional and physical connotations, to emphasize the influence of childhood on their personal and artistic development.

Mike Kelley, Ahh...Youth!, 1991 (detail).

Mike Kelley, Ahh…Youth!, 1991 (detail).

At first glance, Soup by Vija Celmins is an image of a humble meal and yet the painting reveals itself to be much deeper in meaning. For Celmins, who grew up in Latvia during the war, soup is not only symbolic of a European tradition and a family ritual of mealtimes together, it connotes nourishment, the protective warmth of home, and stability in the chaos of war. In this painting, Celmins captures the fears and anxieties, as well as the comforts of a child whose world is contained within the domestic sphere.

Speaking with Robert Gober, Celmins affirms the lasting impression of her childhood memories on her artistic creativity: Your work may have been coloured by your religious experience, or whatever, and I think mine was coloured mostly by the chaos of my early childhood in the war…It was like, this is it, you’re born, you’re here, you have to deal with it. I was so afraid of being abandoned and lost in it. But later, in the studio, I think I relived all these things …

In Mike Kelley’s Ahh…Youth the juxtaposed images of smiling teddy bears and a self-portrait taken from his high school yearbook is at once humorous and strange. Distancing his own childhood experiences from those explored in his work, Kelley invents fictions based on a pastiche of childhood objects, stories, fears and fantasies: My biography is fairly dull. It’s much better to fill in these empty spaces with fiction than the boring truth. I filled in the blanks with pastiches of things that had affected me when I was a child: cartoons, films…

The cinematic suite of images gives credence to Kelley’s admission to creating fictions around his own childhood and also invites the viewer to project their own experience of youth onto the work. Although seemingly playful and innocent, the alienation of the images in single frames heightens the discord between the happiness of childhood play and the disaffections of the adult artist, conscious of the traumatic memories such images may harbor.

Playing with the tension between the everyday objects used in their work and the power of these objects to unseat our emotions, Mike Kelley and Robert Gober employ humor, irony and seriousness to enable us to enter their work and engage with more challenging and fraught material. Gober’s Tilted Playpen, is a prime example of the artist’s ‘psychological furniture’. Positioning the familiar and strange in opposition, the associations of this universally domestic object with protection and child well-being are called into question by the object’s slanted pose. The playpen can no longer be seen as a safe haven, the element of ‘play’ is absent and instead the object becomes a ‘pen’ – a site of entrapment.

Uniting all of the works in the exhibition is the recourse to familiar objects which not only resonate with the artists, but which also speak to the viewer. Robert Gober said: “Memory is like looking up at the stars, it’s not a linear thing”. The artists’ recourse to childhood memories does not follow a clear narrative, instead it raises questions, affects our emotions and challenges the idea that to become an adult one must put aside the childish things of youth.

Skarstedt Gallery was founded in 1994 by Per Skarstedt to mount historical exhibitions by Contemporary European and American artists that had become the core of his specialty in Sweden and New York in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The New York gallery’s program remains focused on artists of the late Twentieth Century whose work explores concepts such as representation, authorship, identity and sexual politics across a wide-range of media. Skarstedt’s unique relationships with artists allows it to present exhibitions both on the primary and secondary markets, creating a dialogue between the generations.

Skarstedt opened its London space at 23 Old Bond Street in 2012 with the inaugural exhibition “Andy Warhol: The American Indian.” Skarstedt London presents exhibitions and publications devoted to the gallery’s established area of expertise while also seeking to evolve and expand its focus and is committed to sharing both its aesthetic perspective and philosophical approach through high-quality exhibitions and collaborations with top international museums and private collections.

Skarstedt opened its Chelsea space at 550 W. 21st Street in May 2014 with the inaugural exhibition “Klein and Warhol: Fire and Oxidation Paintings.” The additional gallery space enables Skarstedt to expand on its core program of museum-quality, historically researched exhibitions from modern and contemporary masters.

The Whitney Museum of American Art to Showcase Transformative Gift: Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner

November 20, 2015 – March 6, 2016

Celebrating an extraordinary and transformative gift of more than 850 works collectively given to the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre Georges Pompidou by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, both institutions will present consecutive exhibitions featuring a selection of works from the gift. The Whitney’s presentation of Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner opens on November 20 in the Museum’s new downtown home and runs through March 6, 2016. The Pompidou’s exhibition follows the New York presentation, opening in Paris on June 9, 2016. The exhibition is organized by Elisabeth Sussman, curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Christine Macel, chief curator and head of the department of contemporary and prospective creation, Centre Pompidou, with Elisabeth Sherman, assistant curator, Whitney Museum of American Art. An illustrated catalogue documenting the collection will accompany the exhibitions.

Bernadette Corporation, Creation of a False Feeling, 2000. Inkjet print: sheet, 70 1/2 × 49 13/16 (179.1 × 126.5); image, 60 11/16 × 47 1/16 (154.1 × 119.5). Promised gift of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner P.2014.10

Bernadette Corporation, Creation of a False Feeling, 2000. Inkjet print: sheet, 70 1/2 × 49 13/16 (179.1 × 126.5); image, 60 11/16 × 47 1/16 (154.1 × 119.5). Promised gift of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner P.2014.10

Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, noted, “We are delighted to present this exhibition in honor of the magnanimous gift of art we received from Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner—one of the largest in the Whitney’s history and a tremendous statement of support for the Museum and its new building. Thea and Ethan are among the most astute collectors of late twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century art and their gift adds enormous strength to the Whitney’s collection. We are deeply grateful to them and are pleased to be collaborating with our friends at the Pompidou.”

This exhibition celebrates this remarkable gift as well as the perspicacious collecting of Westreich Wagner and Wagner by exploring several of the ideas and themes that recur in the collection across generations, mediums, and nationalities: the rise of mass media and the darker side of advertising; the adoption of street style and the punk aesthetic; the decorative arts and their ability to communicate often political messages; reflections on how technology has radically altered commerce, communication, and industry; and the artist as celebrity, among others.

Charline von Heyl, Boogey, 2004. Acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas, 82 1/16 × 78 1/8 (208.4 × 198.4) Promised gift of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner P.2011.472

Charline von Heyl, Boogey, 2004. Acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas, 82 1/16 × 78 1/8 (208.4 × 198.4)
Promised gift of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner P.2011.472

Westreich Wagner and Wagner began collecting art in the 1980s and continue to collect today. They have consistently focused their attention on emerging artists, acquiring works soon after they were made, often straight out of the artists’ studios. Many of these artists were relatively unknown at the time, but have since become some of the most heralded figures of their generation—notably Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and Christopher Wool. The couple has also pursued a specific interest in photography, building deep holdings of the work of landmark figures such as Lee Friedlander and Robert Adams while also acquiring photographs by a diverse range of artists, including Liz Deschenes, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Annette Kelm, and Josephine Pryde. Continuously motivated by the learning challenges posed by new expressions and ideas, the two have examined the world around them through the eyes of the artists whose work they follow and acquire; their collection is a unique, personal reflection on the “contemporary moment” as it has evolved over the last several decades.

Liz Deschenes, Green Screen #7, 2001. Chromogenic print: sheet, 49 9/16 × 66 (125.9 × 167.6) Promised gift of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner P.2014.12

Liz Deschenes, Green Screen #7, 2001. Chromogenic print: sheet, 49 9/16 × 66 (125.9 × 167.6)
Promised gift of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner P.2014.12

The gift to the Whitney encompasses nearly five hundred and fifty works, representing a cross section of mediums, by more than seventy-five artists and collectives. In some cases works are by artists who will enter the collection for the first time and in others they add depth to our holdings of artists we have championed. The Pompidou is receiving more than three hundred works by some forty European artists. While the collection is divided between the two institutions, with works by American artists going to the Whitney and by non-American artists going to the Pompidou, the exhibitions draw from both gifts aiming to reveal the international dialogue intrinsic to contemporary art. Continue reading