The Whitney Announces Two Upcoming Shows Featuring Emerging Artists

A pair of group exhibitions featuring the work of emerging artists will go on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the first half of 2016. These shows both examine off-kilter and stagey approaches to representation as a means of exploring pressing social issues. The first exhibition, Flatlands, highlights recent paintings that provoke a sense of reality as illusion or subjective construction. It will run from January 14 through April 17, 2016, in the John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation Gallery on the first floor, which is free to the public. The second show, Mirror Cells, on view from May 13 to August 21, 2016, will present a single, surreal landscape of sculptures and installations in the eighth-floor Robert J. Hurst Galleries with works that allude to both an otherworldly environment and societal concerns.

Since its founding, the Whitney has been a pioneering advocate of young artists and a vital testing ground for new tendencies in art,” said Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator. “In our downtown home, we’re committed to reenergizing this important strand of our program, which we recently relaunched with the first American solo shows of Jared Madere and Rachel Rose, as well as our New Theater residency and billboard installation by Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Flatlands and Mirror Cells will mark the museum debuts for several artists, and will be followed by the premiere of a video installation by Sophia Al-Maria in her first museum solo show in the country. These exhibitions demonstrate that we want to introduce not only new talents but new frameworks for thinking about contemporary art.

FLATLANDS, January 14–April 17, 2016

Featuring paintings by Nina Chanel Abney, Mathew Cerletty, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Caitlin Keogh, and Orion Martin, this exhibition highlights the unique ways these artists approach reality in their work. Through a range of techniques, styles, and subject matter, the paintings that will be on view conjure a sense of space that is reminiscent of the illusionistic scenery flats used on stage and movie sets. These artists fill their compositions with objects, bodies, and places that are based on reality, yet are distorted through exaggeration, recontextualization, simplification, or flattening. The individual works are imbued with both the anxiety and uncertainty of our sociopolitical moment as well as the seductive quality of consumerism and physical attraction. Flatlands is curated by Laura Phipps and Elisabeth Sherman, assistant curators at the Whitney.


NINA CHANEL ABNEY (b. 1982, Chicago, IL; lives and works in New Jersey) received her MFA from Parsons School of Design in New York. Abney recently had a solo show at Kravets-Wehby, New York. Abney is included in 30 Americans, organized by the Rubell Collection and currently at the Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, New York. A solo survey show, organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, is forthcoming.

Mathew Cerletty, Shelf Life, 2015. Oil on canvas, 50 × 60 in. (127 × 152.4 cm). Courtesy the artist and Office Baroque, Brussels. Photograph by EPW Studio, New York

Mathew Cerletty, Shelf Life, 2015. Oil on canvas, 50 × 60 in. (127 × 152.4 cm). Courtesy the artist and Office Baroque, Brussels. Photograph by EPW Studio, New York

Mathew Cerletty, House, 2014. Oil on linen, 50 × 50 in. (127 × 127 cm). Courtesy the artist and Office Baroque, Brussels. Photograph by EPW Studio, New York.

Mathew Cerletty, House, 2014. Oil on linen, 50 × 50 in. (127 × 127 cm). Courtesy the artist and Office Baroque, Brussels. Photograph by EPW Studio, New York.

MATHEW CERLETTY (b. 1980, Milwaukee, WI; lives and works in New York) received his BFA at Boston University and has had recent solo shows at Office Baroque, Brussels, and Blum and Poe, Los Angeles. He has been included in group shows at Anton Kern Gallery, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

Jamian Juliano-Villani, Stone Love, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 30 × 24 in. (76 × 61 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin. Photograph by Gunter Lepowski

Jamian Juliano-Villani, Stone Love, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 30 × 24 in. (76 × 61 cm).
Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin. Photograph by Gunter Lepowski

JAMIAN JULIANO-VILLANI (b. 1987, Newark, NJ; lives and works in New York) received her BFA from Rutgers University in New Jersey. This fall, Juliano-Villani was included in Greater New York at MoMA PS1 and Unorthodox at The Jewish Museum. She has had recent solo shows at Tanya Leighton, Berlin, and JTT, New York.

Caitlin Keogh, The Writer, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 104 × 78 in. (264.2 × 198.1 cm). Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Photograph by Adam Reich.

Caitlin Keogh, The Writer, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 104 × 78 in. (264.2 × 198.1 cm). Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Photograph by Adam Reich.

CAITLIN KEOGH (b. 1982, Spenard, AK; lives and works in New York) received her MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Keogh recently had a solo show at Mary Boone Gallery, New York, and is included in a three-person exhibition currently on view at Koenig & Clinton.

Orion Martin (b. 1988, Danville, VA; lives and works in Los Angeles) received his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Martin recently had a solo show at Favorite Goods, Los Angeles, and has been included in group exhibitions at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, and Bodega, New York. His solo show at Bodega, New York, is forthcoming.

MIRROR CELLS, May 13–August 21, 2016

This exhibition brings together artists Liz Craft, Rochelle Goldberg, Elizabeth Jaeger, Maggie Lee, and Win McCarthy, who often conceive of interconnected works that suggest strange invented worlds. While each artist creates discrete objects, these works act in direct dialogue with one another—at times alluding to furniture or other functional items—in order to generate a broader context that extends beyond their individual physical forms. They often make use of humble materials such as wood, resin, and ceramic clay, putting a renewed emphasis on the act of making and materiality. The exhibition’s installation on the eighth floor will take on an otherworldly quality by using the galleries as a single, surreal landscape. Continue reading

7 Features Advance In Race For Makeup And Hairstyling Oscar®, 305 Feature Films In Contention For 2015 Best Picture Oscar®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling Category for the 88th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Black Mass”



“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Mr. Holmes”

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared”

“The Revenant”

On Saturday, January 9, 2016, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

In other news, three hundred five feature films were eligible for the 2015 Academy Awards® Best Picture Award. To be eligible for 88th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format. Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 88th Academy Awards” is available at

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday morning, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 am. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 88th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 pm. ET/4 pm. PT.

Travel News: Crystal Serenity 2017 Voyages Reposition To North & South America

Luxury Line To Introduce New Roster Of Luxury Itineraries For Award-Winning Crystal Serenity

Crystal Cruises, the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line, announced today that it will reposition one of its luxury ocean vessels in 2017, unveiling an entirely new lineup of itineraries. Following the 2017 “Southern Celebración” World Cruise round-trip from Miami, Crystal Serenity will sail throughout North America for the remainder of the year, offering routes along the east and west coasts, through Alaska, New England and Eastern Canada, as well as the eastern seaboard into the Caribbean. Historically, Crystal Serenity has spent the majority of her 12 years at sea cruising the Mediterranean, Western Europe and the Black Sea but the line’s tremendous expansion plans afforded an opportunity for change.

Crystal Serenity off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Serenity off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal’s newest vessel, luxury yacht Crystal Esprit, as well as its upcoming five luxury river yachts, will focus primarily in the waters of the Mediterranean region nearly year-round. Crystal Esprit will sail to and from long favored cities such as Venice, Dubrovnik and Athens, with calls to lesser explored gems only accessible by yacht. Likewise, the river yachts will grace the waterways of Europe include the Rhine, Seine, Danube, Main, Garonne, and Dordogne Rivers, visiting charming ports throughout Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, and others.

Crystal Cruises will be celebrating 25 years of sailing in 2015 with multiple theme cruises bringing back former Crystal captains, as well as current top executives. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises will be celebrating 25 years of sailing in 2015 with multiple theme cruises bringing back former Crystal captains, as well as current top executives. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Serenity’s new roster of ultra-luxury cruises includes a repositioning voyage from Miami to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal; convenient seven-day explorations of California’s coastline; a 14-day intensive Mexico itinerary; a 16-day route through the Hawaiian Islands; seven-, 9- and 10-day cruises through the ports and glaciers of Alaska and British Columbia; seven- and 10-day itineraries through the charming ports of New England and Eastern Canada; and warm-weather fall and winter cruises along the Southern East Coast into the Caribbean.

Bookings for the newly unveiled 2017 Crystal Serenity voyages will be available starting December 31, 2015, with “Book Now” fares starting at $2,275 per person through February 29, 2016.

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Celebrates Valentine’s Day 2016 With An Array Of Romantic Treats

Located in the heart of the city, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong , the epitome of contemporary luxury combined with Oriental heritage, will offer a myriad of celebratory settings for special occasions fantastic dining choices on Valentine’s Day 2016 with an exclusive romantic stay offer, and indulgent spa treatments. Having delighted guests with award-winning service and impressive facilities for nearly 50 years, it is the much-loved address for those seeking an exclusive sanctuary in the heart of this exciting city. The spacious rooms and suites offer magnificent views of the famous Victoria Harbour and the city skyline. A collection of ten outstanding restaurants and bars, including two with Michelin stars, and a Shanghainese-inspired holistic spa, indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center, make Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong the recognized home away from home for discerning leisure and business travelers alike.

Pierre is the hotel’s stunning two-Michelin-starred restaurant and Pierre Gagnaire’s pied-à-terre in Hong Kong. During lunch, guests will enjoy a four-course menu with half a bottle of Billecart Salmon Rosé Champagne priced at HKD1,488 per person and a red rose as a gift from us. Whether celebrating on Saturday or Sunday evening, begin the evening at 6 pm. and watch the sun set with a five-course menu and a complimentary homemade pastry as a giveaway priced at HKD1,688 per person. The second celebration from 8:30 pm. onwards will include an eight-course menu with sweeping evening views for guests’ enjoyment, at HKD2,388 per person with a pastry gift to take home.

The popular Michelin-starred Mandarin Grill + Bar is another romantic destination tucked away on the hotel’s first floor. The restaurant will offer two seatings on both February 13 and 14 with the earlier five-course dinner beginning at 6 pm. at HKD1,388 per person. The second seating for the eight-course menu starts at 8:30 pm. and is priced at HKD2,188 per person. Guests at both seatings will receive a homemade treat as a gift.

Hidden deep inside Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, behind an inconspicuous doorway in the heart of the kitchen, The Krug Room boasts a tone of sophisticated intimacy that befits one of the best-kept secrets in the world of gastronomy. Designed to re-create the intimate surroundings of a train carriage, the special full-experience menu paired with an impressive selection of Krug Champagne is priced at HKD3,688 per person will ensure guests receive a sensory adventure that is by turns fascinating, mesmerizing and exhilarating this Valentine’s weekend.

Man Wah is Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant and often referred to as Hong Kong’s most beautiful dining space, thanks to its Imperial splendor as well as the panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong cityscape.  This elegant restaurant will offer a special six-course menu along with the traditional à la carte menu, available for two seatings at 6 pm. and 8:30 pm. on both evenings. A minimum spend of HKD1,398 per person on food and beverage is required with a jar of Mandarin Oriental Signature Rose Petal Jam to take home as a gift.

A popular tradition in Hong Kong is to celebrate at Clipper Lounge with a traditional afternoon tea set from 2:30 pm. to 5:30 pm. at HKD338 per person or HKD528 per couple. In the evening on either February 13 and 14, enjoy a sumptuous buffet with an array of international dishes, seafood delights and sweet treats. Two seatings will be offered, with the earlier starting at 6 pm. until 8 pm. and the second seating starting at 8:30 pm., both priced at HKD758 per person. In addition, enjoy a sumptuous Sunday Buffet Brunch on February 14 with free flow Ruinart Champagne from 11:30 am. to 3 pm. at HKD688 per adult and HKD438 per child.

At Café Causette, indulge in a table buffet feast or à la carte on either evenings with the earlier seating at 6 pm. and a second seating at 8:30 pm. both at HKD648 per person.

Perched on the 25th floor of the hotel, M bar boasts stunning views overlooking the harbor and Hong Kong’s skyline, and has established itself as one of the city’s favorite nighttime destinations. Enjoy a selection of Valentine’s Day cocktails or champagne to celebrate the romantic weekend together.

All prices are subject to 10% service charge, and reservations for dining on Valentine’s Day can be made by calling +852 2522 0111 or emailing

For a truly special experience, guests booking a table for two at Pierre, Mandarin Grill + Bar or Man Wah for a Valentine’s Day dining experience, can upgrade by reserving a luxurious room that overlook either Victoria Harbour or the city’s skyline. Available on February 13 and 14 2016 only, room rates for this offer will start at HKD2,088 and are subject to 10% service charge and availability. Room reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at +852 2820 4202 or by emailing Proof of a Valentine’s Day dining reservation is required.

Indulge yourself and your loved one this Valentine’s Day
For the ultimate getaway, the award-winning
Mandarin Spa will offer the Couples’ Romantic Suite package exclusively offered in the Jasmine or Kukui spa suites. Begin with 30 minutes of relaxation, including a private rose petal bath and steam, followed by two-hours of personalized spa treatment each, then indulge in a glass of Rosé wine each, spa cuisine and a chocolate amenity during a 30 minute relaxation time to truly feel refreshed and spend time with one another. The Couples’ Romantic Suite package is available at HKD7,000 on February 12 to 14 only.

For guests who wish to spend time and pamper themselves, The Mandarin Spa will offer a special My Own Valentine package which includes a 60 minute Rose Facial to nourish and revitalize, a 60 minute Rose Body Massage to lift the spirits plus a gift of Aromatherapy Associates Rose Body Cream. The My Own Valentine package is available at HKD2,980 on February 12 to 14 only.

Both packages are subject to 10% service charge and can be purchased as a gift certificate. Reservations can be made by calling +852 2522 4888 or

Located on the 24th floor of the hotel, The Mandarin Salon will offer an Irresistible Kiss Manicure and Pedicure Package. Enjoy sweeping views of Victoria Harbour while receiving a classic 45 minute manicure and 60 minute pedicure plus the gift of a Jane Iredale Lip

Crayon for kissable lips and a chocolate lip sweet amenity. Available 12 to 14 February, the package is priced at HKD800. For salon reservations, please contact +852 2825 4088 or email