Art in 2016: “Stuart Davis: In Full Swing” at The Whitney Museum of American Art

June 10–Sept 25, 2016

Stuart Davis (1892–1964) ranks as a preeminent figure in American modernism. With a long career that stretched from the early twentieth century well into the postwar era, he brought a distinctively American accent to international modernism. 

Davis was well known for his jazz-influenced, proto pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, bold, brash, and colorful, as well as his ashcan pictures in the early years of the 20th century. Davis begun his formal art training under Robert Henri, the leader of the Ashcan School, at the Robert Henri School of Art in New York. During this time, Davis befriended painters John Sloan, Glenn Coleman and Henry Glintenkamp.

Stuart Davis, Owh! in San Paõ, 1951. Oil on canvas, 52 1/4 × 41 3/4 in. (132.7 × 106 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 52.2. Art © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Stuart Davis, Owh! in San Paõ, 1951. Oil on canvas, 52 1/4 × 41 3/4 in. (132.7 × 106 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 52.2. Art © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

In 1913, Davis was one of the youngest painters to exhibit in the Armory Show, where he displayed five watercolor paintings in the Ashcan school style. In the show, Davis was exposed to the works of a number of artists including Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. As a result, he became a committed “modern” artist and a major exponent of cubism and modernism in America. He spent summers painting in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and made painting trips to Havana in 1918 and New Mexico in 1923.

In the 1920s he began his development into his mature style; painting abstract still lifes and landscapes. His use of contemporary subject matter such as cigarette packages and spark plug advertisements suggests a proto-Pop art element to his work.

In 1928, he visited Paris, where he painted street scenes. In the 1930s, he became increasingly politically engaged; according to Cécile Whiting, Davis’ goal was to “reconcile abstract art with Marxism and modern industrial society“. In 1934 he joined the Artists’ Union and was later elected its President. In 1936 the American Artists’ Congress elected him its National Secretary. He painted murals for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration which are influenced by his love of jazz. Davis married Roselle Springer in 1938 and spent his late life teaching at the New York School for Social Research and at Yale University.

He was represented by Edith Gregor Halpert at the Downtown Gallery in New York City. Davis died of a stroke in New York on June 24, 1964, aged 71.

Davis’s work feels especially vital today in its blurring of distinctions between text and image, high and low culture, and abstraction and figuration. This exhibition departs from previous efforts in its organization. From 1940 on, Davis rarely painted a work that did not make careful reference, however hidden, to one or more of his earlier compositions. Such appropriation is a distinctive aspect of Davis’s method. Staged in the Whitney’s fifth-floor Neil Bluhm Family Galleries, this will be the first major Davis exhibition to consistently hang later works side by side with the earlier ones that inspired them. With approximately 100 works, from the paintings of tobacco packages and household objects of the early 1920s to the work left on his easel at his death in 1964, In Full Swing will highlight Davis’s unique ability to assimilate the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, the lessons of Cubism, and the sounds and rhythms of jazz into works that hum with intelligence and energy.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing is co-organized by Barbara Haskell, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Harry Cooper, Curator and Head of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Holiday Retail News: Kirkland’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Will Kick Off This Holiday Season

Deck the halls with cheery ornaments, tree toppers and decor from Kirkland's Holly Jolly collection

Deck the halls with cheery ornaments, tree toppers and decor from Kirkland’s Holly Jolly collection

It’s beginning to feel like the holidays, and Kirkland’s holiday deals will help you make the most of the biggest shopping week of the year. Kirkland’s, Inc., founded in 1966, is a specialty retailer of home décor in the United States. The Company’s stores carry a broad selection of distinctive merchandise, including framed art, mirrors, candles, lamps, picture frames, accent rugs, garden accessories and artificial floral products. The Company’s stores also offer an extensive assortment of gifts, as well as seasonal merchandise.

Claim your space with Kirkland's marquee lights that look festive year-round.

Claim your space with Kirkland’s marquee lights that look festive year-round.

On-trend gifts and décor from Kirkland’s will brighten up the holidays for friends, family and holiday guests,” said Karla Calderon, vice president of merchandising for Kirkland’s.

Black Friday Deals (in stores and online):

40% off Ornaments and Tree Décor

50% off Select Canvas Art

25% off Wall Sconces

20% off All Floor Lamps

$125 Select Cheval Jewelry Armoires

$35 “Blessed” Sentiment Collage Frame

$110 Select Tufted Storage Benches

Plush Throws Starting at $10

$15 LED Marquee Letters

$10 Moscow Mule Copper Mug

$6 Christmas Stockings

Warm up every corner of your home for the holidays with greenery like this Kirkland's Pre-Lit Boxwood Spiral Topiary.

Warm up every corner of your home for the holidays with greenery like this Kirkland’s Pre-Lit Boxwood Spiral Topiary.

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Mandarin Oriental, Boston Celebrates the Holidays with a Pop and Debuts a New Linda Meredith Facial for Men

This holiday season, the Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Boston invites guests to enjoy a festive, pop-inspired celebration, featuring one of Boston’s most beloved holiday traditions. A Popping Holiday is a “well-orchestrated” package experience that includes a performance by the world-renowned Boston Holiday Pops. Performing in the internationally-acclaimed Boston Symphony Hall, this magical concert will feature seasonal music favorites and a traditional audience sing-along.

Mandarin Oriental, Boston Exterior

Mandarin Oriental, Boston Exterior

Mandarin Oriental, Boston lobby Entrance

Mandarin Oriental, Boston lobby Entrance

The Popping Holiday package is available December 2 to 30, 2015 and includes:

Luxurious accommodations at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

A pop-inspired amenity upon arrival – a bottle of champagne paired with Pastry Chef Robert Differ’s seasonal selection of delectable homemade cheesecake lollipops

Two tickets to the 2015 Holiday Pops at Boston’s historic Symphony Hall

Car service to and from Symphony Hall in a Mercedes S Class Sedan

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston - Spa Entrance

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston – Spa Entrance

The Five-Star Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston is also delighted to announce the debut of a new facial treatment for men from the ‘Queen of Facials’ and international beauty expert, Linda Meredith.

Debuting in the U.S. this past October at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, Linda Meredith skincare addresses an individual’s specific skincare needs. The product range is designed for layering and works in harmony to feed the skin with natural, results-driven ingredients that hydrate at the deepest levels, in-turn slowing the ageing process. Results reveal a glowing, younger-looking complexion. Continue reading

National Geographic Launches Free ‘Find Your Park, Love Your Park’ Activities, Interactive Map and Curriculum to Celebrate U.S. National Park Service Centennial

With Support from Subaru of America, Activity Modules for Educators Will Encourage Students to Explore, Protect and Love National Parks

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service in 2016, the National Geographic Society, with support from Subaru of America, Inc., has launched the “Find Your Park, Love Your Park” Educational Initiative (www.NatGeoEd.org/LoveYourPark), developed to teach fourth graders across the United States about the importance of U.S. national parks and to empower students to preserve and protect them.

For almost a century, the National Geographic Society has been raising the public’s awareness of the historical and cultural significance — and majestic beauty — of America’s national parks; and has consistently featured the National Park Service and specific national parks across all of its publications, television channels and expansive digital presence. National Geographic magazine’s April 1916 “Land of the Best” issue published more than 100 photographs of America’s scenic wonders and was used during congressional hearings to help influence Congress to create the National Park Service and the park system.

The “Find Your Park, Love Your Park” Educational Initiative complements the National Park Service and National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement to celebrate and share inspirational stories from national parks nationwide. It also bolsters the White House “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, launched in February this year, which provides free entry into national parks for fourth-grade students. The Subaru and National Geographic effort is focused on engaging teachers of fourth graders through activities designed by National Geographic’s education specialists to help students appreciate the importance of protected spaces and consider their impact on them.

National Geographic has developed five free downloadable activity modules for educators, including an interactive map of all U.S. national parks, which invite kids to visit, explore and protect national parks. The activity modules provide educators with fun and engaging activities, including documenting animal tracks at local parks, geocaching scavenger hunts, using digital maps to explore different parks and discussing concrete ways students can help solve challenges facing national parks. Educators, students and their families are encouraged to participate and take a pledge on the new interactive “Pledge to Love America’s Parks” map to visit, protect and love specific parks.

Subaru and Subaru owners are incredibly passionate about the environment,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. That’s why we created the ‘Subaru Loves the Earth’ initiative, focused on preserving, protecting and celebrating our national parks. Our support of National Geographic aims to educate and empower the next generation of park-goers to protect our national parks for another 100 years.”

While the activities were developed with fourth-grade educators in mind, they can also serve as a jumping-off point for younger or older students and for families to do together at home. For example, one of the activities is a mini field trip to observe the natural and man-made things they will see in a nearby place and begin mapping them. Parents and caregivers of young children can use these same basic concepts on nature walks — looking for animals and insects and tracking footprints — while older children can take some of the more complex elements of mapping and developing a plan to protect the area deeper.

The interactive map is mobile-responsive and allows users to easily search for national, state and local parks based on their ZIP codes; “claim” a park as their own; and pledge to visit, protect and love the park. The digital experience is filled with pictures and information about parks and allows students, families and classrooms to explore national parks across the country from wherever they are. Continue reading

2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By Food & Wine Raises More Than $1 Million To Help End Hunger

The 8th Annual Festival Attracted 55,000 Attendees

The eighth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (NYCWFF) which took place October 15 – 18, raised more than $1 million for the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®, bringing the total to more than $9.5 million since the Festival’s inception.

In addition to the funds raised this year, NYCWFF provides an invaluable way to drive awareness, engage with, and inspire people to participate in philanthropic activities,” noted Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. “We are fortunate to give more than just money to our beneficiaries, but also a platform that enables them to reach a large and passionate audience.”

Between NYCWFF and its sister event South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF®), more than $30 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness and engage and inspire people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE takes place October 15 - 18, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel..)

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE takes place October 15 – 18, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel..)

The charities are not the only ones who came out of the weekend as winners, with a number of participants taking home top honors for their offerings. Beginning on Thursday, October 15, Carolyn Bane of Pies ‘n Thighs in Brooklyn, NY and Matt Fein of Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Pa. tied up judge Whoopi Goldberg‘s taste buds when she recognized their creations as her favorite dishes at her annual Chicken Coupe event.

Friday, October 16 saw winners across several events.

Henry Tibensky earned a trip to the 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF® set for February 24-28, 2016, when Martha Stewart (Martha Stewart Living), Tyler Florence (Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race), Matt Higgins (Co-Founder & CEO RSE Ventures), and Charlie Walk (Executive Vice President at Republic Records) selected his restaurant concept, Hank’s Juicy Beef, as the winner of the Festival’s first FOODi Challenge.

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine, New York Jets Nick Mangold, Ralph Perrazzo of BBD's Beers Burgers Desserts as Pat LaFrieda's 2015 NYCWFF Burger Bash(R) Champion, Blue Moon People's Choice Award winner Chef Joe Isidori of Black Tap, musician Coolio, Rachael Ray, and NYCWFF Founder & Director Lee Brian Schrager celebrate onstage at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray - Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at Pier 92 on October 16, 2015. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NYCWFF) (PRNewsFoto/NYCWFF)

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine, New York Jets Nick Mangold, Ralph Perrazzo of BBD’s Beers Burgers Desserts as Pat LaFrieda’s 2015 NYCWFF Burger Bash(R) Champion, Blue Moon People’s Choice Award winner Chef Joe Isidori of Black Tap, musician Coolio, Rachael Ray, and NYCWFF Founder & Director Lee Brian Schrager celebrate onstage at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray – Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at Pier 92 on October 16, 2015. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NYCWFF) (PRNewsFoto/NYCWFF)

Guests at Thrillist‘s Barbecue & The Blues hosted by Adam Richman voted Shane McBride of Pig Beach in Brooklyn, NY The Pitmaster – Best in BBQ 2015 for his mini BBQ baked potatoes with pulled pork, Benton’s bacon mac and cheese sauce and scallions.

The Festival’s signature Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray welcomed new faces to its historic league of winners, now including:

Joe Isidori of Black Tap | Craft Burgers & Beer, who was crowned this year’s Blue Moon People’s Choice Award-winner for his Black Tap Kobe beef Burger with Wagyu beef, house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula.

— GRAMMY Award-winning artist Coolio, Food Network host and cookbook author Robert Irvine, reigning champion Josh Capon, and the New York Jets’ Nick Mangold chose Ralph Perrazzo of BBD’s Beers Burgers Desserts as Pat LaFrieda’s 2015 NYCWFF Burger Bash® Champion for the BBD’s “Steamed Double” with diced onions and pickles.

Saturday, October 17 was also bestowed top honors for several participants at various events that were part of the LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines series:

Attendees at Stacked: Sandwiches & Sides hosted by Tiffani Thiessen chose Michael Ferraro‘s Short Rib Dip of braised short ribs, whipped potatoes, wilted kale, and cheddar from Delicatessen in New York, NY as winner of The “Sammy” Award, and

Andy Kitko of STK Restaurants‘ sweet corn pudding as winner of The “Sammy’s Sidekick” Award.

Top Dog: A NY Hot Dog Competition hosted by Andrew Zimmern featured a special celebration in honor of the 200th episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on Travel Channel, which aired on Tuesday, October 20. Attendees voted the Cheddar Bratwurst, a pork bratwurst filled with pockets of cheddar, sauerkraut and grilled onions on a French roll, from Chase Hartwig at Rosamunde Sausage Grill in Brooklyn, NY as the winner of The Delta Local Series People’s Choice Award.

Craft libations also took center stage as Festival winners. At The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown presented by Cocktail Kingdom hosted by Emeril Lagasse, Three Dots and a Dash from Chicago, Ill. was chosen as Cocktail Kingdom’s People’s Choice Award winner for their Cabana Queen on Saturday, October 16. Additionally, the team at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn, NY received the Cocktail Kingdom’s Judge’s Choice Award for their Frozen White Zombie, as decided by Emeril Lagasse; Jeff Berry, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29; Greg Boehm, Cocktail Kingdom; and Brian Miller, Monday’s with Miller.

The cast of the Food Network prime time series Chopped came out on Sunday, October 18 for the Best Bloody Mary Brunch presented by Velocity to decide who will take top honors for their creations in three categories:

Death’s Door Spirits claimed two categories – best overall for their Intensely Bloody Mary and most creative for their Eason’s Nawlins-Style Bloody Mary.

Best dressed honors went to ABSOLUT Vodka‘s Hello Sunshine Bloody Mary.

NYCWFF came to an end on Sunday, October 18 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with the first New York City screening of the movie Burnt, followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast and director John Wells moderated by New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni. Cast members Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, and Sam Keeley joined Wells in giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie and anecdotes about their personal relationship with food to an audience filled with chefs, culinary personalities, media, and industry insiders.

Save the date for next year’s Festival, which takes place October 13 – 16, 2016. Keep in touch with NYCWFF by signing up for their Big Apple Juice e-newsletter at www.nycwff.org or following them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @NYCWFF

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Gateway Arch With Giant Gingerbread Holiday Arch and Festive Hotel Package

Luxury Hotel in Clayton, Missouri Debuts “Gateway to the Holidays” Package and Six Foot Gingerbread Arch

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is saluting this fall’s 50th Anniversary of the Gateway Arch with a new overnight package celebrating not only the iconic city monument, but also the spirit of giving that comes this time each year. The hotel’s new Gateway to the Holidays overnight package is highlighted by a luxury stay offered through year-end, and by inclusion of a uniquely personalized holiday “gingerbread brick.”

The stunning ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis provides an enchanting backdrop for any wedding or special celebration.

The stunning ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis provides an enchanting backdrop for any wedding or special celebration.

The History of The Gateway Arch

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (JNEM) was created in 1935, and became part of the National Park Service. Civic leader Luther Ely Smith conceived the idea of building a memorial to help revive the riverfront and memorialize the story of the nation’s westward expansion. Through a nationwide design competition conducted 1947–1948, Eero Saarinen’s stainless steel Arch was chosen as the memorial that would celebrate the accomplishments of early pioneers. St. Louis celebrated with a groundbreaking on June 23, 1959.

Over the next few years, Saarinen perfected his design and workers began excavating the grounds in 1961. In 1962, the Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) was asked to finance the $2 million tram system that transports visitors to and from the top of the Arch. Meanwhile, it took steadfast coordination to put every piece of the Arch into place until the final section at the top of the Arch was secured on October 28, 1965.

Trams became operational in 1967, thanks to the funds that BSDA raised by selling revenue bonds. In the same year, the Visitor Center, with exhibits, opened to the public. Less than a decade later, the massive Museum of Westward Expansion opened beneath the Arch, featuring exhibits on St. Louis’ role as the Gateway to the West. Improvements to the monument continued as engineers added floodlights to illuminate the Arch exterior in 2001. Approximately two years later, the Grand Staircase, which spans from the levee at the Mississippi River banks to the base of the Arch, was completed.

In 2009, a non-profit organization called CityArchRiver 2015 spearheaded a project that will transform JNEM by creating a safe and inviting pedestrian bridge over the highway and a new museum beneath the Arch. After renovations, visitors will also encounter a new entrance to the facility and greater accessibility throughout the grounds. Groups traveling by bus will have more convenient access to drop-offs and parking, as well as to new performance spaces on the grounds. Bicyclists will enjoy extended bike trails.

Today, BSDA continues to operate the trams as a cooperative effort with the National Park Service. October 28, 2015 marked the 50th Anniversary of the completion of the Arch.

Known as the Gateway City, St. Louis, MO is home to a wealth of celebrated cultural attractions, including the iconic Gateway Arch.

Known as the Gateway City, St. Louis, MO is home to a wealth of celebrated cultural attractions, including the iconic Gateway Arch.

What is a “gingerbread brick“? The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis will honor both the city’s Arch and the holiday season with a special version of the famed landmark — an edible replica made completely of gingerbread bricks. Joyfully decorated for the holidays, the hotel lobby arch is created with 250 pounds of flour, 50 pounds of molasses, two pounds of ginger and 125 pounds of royal icing. Beneath it lies a wonderland of miniature Forest Park attractions, including a tiny St. Louis Zoo, Muny, Boat House and Ice Rink.

A seat at the bar in the Lobby Lounge of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is one of the most sought-after in the city.

A seat at the bar in the Lobby Lounge of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is one of the most sought-after in the city.

Casual elegance meets inspired Continental cuisine at The Restaurant, where breakfast and brunch are served daily

Casual elegance meets inspired Continental cuisine at The Restaurant, where breakfast and brunch are served daily

On the Club Level, guests congregate for gourmet fare and exclusive events.

On the Club Level, guests congregate for gourmet fare and exclusive events.

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