Artsy and UBS Release Multimedia Feature “The Year in Art”

Report Engages Audience with 2016’S Art Trends, People, News, and Events

Artsy, in collaboration with, today launched an immersive experience that will guide users through the most important art and culture moments, influential artists and curators, and most impactful exhibitions of 2016. Presented as an easily digestible, accessible look at the past year in art, the feature takes a broader look at the art world, connecting important moments in that sphere to current events in the world at large. This is the fourth iteration of Artsy and UBS’s ongoing partnership, following their collaboration on The Art Market (in Four Parts), a four part series exploring the contemporary art market.download

Earlier iterations of Artsy and UBS’s continuing collaboration include a series of short films about the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, The Year in Art 2015, and the previously-mentioned The Art Market (in Four Parts).

The Year in Art feature is informed by data gleaned from UBS’s Planet Art mobile app (an aggregator of contemporary art news) and Artsy’s proprietary data, as well as input from Artsy’s close collaborators—artists, curators, collectors, critics, and others—which was then interpreted and filtered through Artsy’s editorial team. The feature highlights particularly impactful “moments” in the global art calendar from the past year, including Brexit (exploring a possible cooling of the art market); the re-emergence of Dread Scott’s flag (and its adoption by the Black Lives Matter movement); and the release of the Oculus Rift headset (focusing on the proliferation of virtual reality in society at large), amongst others. Articles announcing The Most Influential Living Artists of 2016, Most Influential Curators of 2016, Top Emerging Artists of 2016, and Artists to Watch in 2017 round out the feature, providing a robust snapshot of the past year, and a reference for years to come.

Artsy is the leading resource for learning about and collecting art from over 4,000 leading galleries, 700 museums and institutions, 60 international art fairs, and select auctions. Artsy provides free access via its website (Artsy.net) and iPhone and iPad apps to 500,000 images of art and architecture by 50,000 artists, which includes the world’s largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy’s encyclopedic database spans historical works, such as the Rosetta Stone and the Colosseum, to modern and contemporary works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, Sarah Lucas, and Cindy Sherman. Powered by The Art Genome Project, a classification system that maps the connections between artists and artworks, Artsy fosters new generations of art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, and collectors.

This is the latest initiative in our overarching mission to drive the conversation around art forward in a thoughtful and accessible way,” notes Marina Cashdan, Artsy’s editorial director. “As interest and engagement with visual culture grows, globally rich features such as this are important references and touchstones to understanding society’s relationship to the most influential art and artists of today. Partnering with UBS on our fourth project together, and having access to Planet Art’s detailed analytics, was integral to realizing this comprehensive feature.

UBS’s long and substantial record of patronage in contemporary art enables clients and audiences to participate in the international conversation about art and the global art world through the firm’s global art platform. In addition to the UBS Art Collection, considered one of the world’s largest and most important corporate collections of contemporary art, UBS has an extensive roster of contemporary art programs that include the firm’s long-term support for the premier international Art Basel shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, for which UBS serves as global Lead Partner; the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and a global exhibition tour of WOMEN: New Portraits, an exhibition of newly commissioned photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Continue reading

Andaz Brand Continues Expansion with Three New Locations

Brand Growth Accelerated With Hotels Expected To Open This Week In Arizona, Mexico And India

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the official opening of Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, marking the first Mexican location for the Andaz brand, and the anticipated openings of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa and Andaz Delhi. The three properties will join 13 other Andaz hotels, each celebrating the local culture and unique spirit of neighborhoods in diverse and culturally rich global gateway cities and top resort destinations around the world. With several more hotel openings in the pipeline, the Andaz brand provides global growth opportunities for Hyatt.andaz-logo

Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz Hotels weave the sights, sounds and tastes of their surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each destination. Through personalized, unscripted service, Andaz hotels create a barrier-free environment where guests are encouraged to explore their personal sense of style and become inspired by the spirit of the culture around them. Fourteen Andaz hotels are currently open: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea, Andaz Ottawa By Ward Market, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai and Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills.

Hyatt is committed to purposeful and meaningful growth,” said David Tarr, Senior Vice President Of Real Estate And Development, Hyatt. “With three Andaz hotels opening this week in very different parts of the world, and the recent opening of Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, it’s clear the brand is a growth driver domestically and internationally for Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle brands.”

These hotels truly fulfill the spirit of the Andaz brand, weaving the sights, sounds and tastes of their surroundings into the experience and immersing guests in the local culture,” said Sandra Cordova Micek, Global Senior Vice President Of Brands, Hyatt. “Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, and Andaz Delhi will create environments where guests leave feeling enriched, knowing their experience was much more than the expected hotel stay.

Like all Andaz hotels, these properties will celebrate local culture and the spirit of their respective neighborhoods, bringing to life its history and personalities in unique and surprising ways. Now open and accepting reservations, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya (Carretera Federal Cancun-Playa Del Carmen Km. 298; Playa del Carmen-Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710, Tel: +52 984 1491234) introduces guests to a hidden paradise. The resort’s breathtaking design reflects the native Mayan culture and brings to life locally inspired experiences and indigenous environment for guests, whether by exploring the lush mangrove preserve, relaxing in the 10,000 square-foot Naum Spa, sunbathing in one of three outdoor pools, or unwinding on the pristine white sanded Caribbean beach. The guestrooms and suites at Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya are naturally inspired with breezy, open layouts flooded with natural light and featuring refined artisan décor. Local artworks adorn the walls, and decorative tiles outfit the floors. Each room and suite includes a balcony or terrace with tropical views of the resort gardens and mangroves, the crystal clear lagoon, or the Caribbean Sea.

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Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya

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Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya

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Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya

Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya is located right on the beachfront, just north of Playa del Carmens intriguing community of shops, bars, and restaurants. The Riviera Maya coastline and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea provide endless opportunities for watersports such as jet skiing, snorkeling, and kitesurfing. The Yucatan Peninsula offers endless adventures, including the unique archaeological ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum and the scenic natural swimming holes known as cenotes. Guests of the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya also have access to the prestigious El Camaleón 18-hole golf course, the Mayakoba Tennis Centre, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Four unique restaurants and bars offer distinguished culinary experiences, serving fresh ingredients and showcasing authentic cooking techniques – all with stunning views of the pools, lagoon, and ocean. To ensure an authentic stay, the hotel has teamed up with a series of local artists, including Senkoe, a Riviera Maya graffiti artist, who was tapped to curate vibrant and colorful murals seen throughout the resort. They also offer a series of inspiring activities to allow guests to truly absorb Mayan culture, such as learning to speak the language or preparing the best tacos in a Tacology class.

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa Guestroom Exterior

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa Guestroom Shower

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa Guestroom

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa Guestroom Evening Walkaway

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa is situated on 23 acres of sweeping desert landscape at the base of Camelback Mountain. Signature restaurant Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen will feature an exhibition kitchen with a plancha and will serve contemporary Sonoran cuisine in small, sharable plates. Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary will offer guests seven treatment rooms and a customizable menu utilizing unique and indigenous ingredients, as well as the opportunity to invent their own concoctions at the Desert Blending Bar. Through an extensive artist in residence program in partnership with the nearby Cattle Track Arts community, guests will be able to interact, learn and create alongside local craftsman in painting, pottery, photography and more. The hotel is expected to open later this week. Continue reading