Art News: Whitney Announces 2017 Biennial Film Program

A Broad Range Of Moving Image Artists To Be Shown In The 2017 Biennial’s Film Program

A series of film screenings and conversations will be presented as part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art on March 17. The series takes place over ten consecutive weekends, from March 17 through May 21, 2017, in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater on the Museum’s third floor. Each Sunday, the 3 pm screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmakers, joined by writers, curators, and scholars.

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Leslie Thornton (b. 1951) and James Richards (b. 1983), still from Crossing, 2016. High-definition video, color, sound; 19:10 min. Courtesy the artists

Film program co-curator and Biennial advisor Aily Nash notes: “At once radical and quiet, global and intimate, the works presented in the 2017 Whitney Biennial film program continue to reflect on the urgent themes seen in the exhibition. These artists are some of the most exciting voices working in moving image today. They engage the medium with formal rigor and innovation while exploring the subjective and affective experiences of the contemporary political and social moment. The broad range of artists spans generations and approaches to the moving image including documentary practice, experimental film, narrative cinema, and video installation.”

Featured artists are Basma Alsharif, Eric Baudelaire, Robert Beavers, Mary Helena Clark, Kevin Jerome Everson, Sky Hopinka, Dani Leventhal, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Cauleen Smith, Leslie Thornton and James Richards, Leilah Weinraub, and James N. Kienitz Wilkins. See a complete schedule at whitney.org.

The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition includes sixty-three participants, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.16_biennial_gif_web_2340px_fullstart_2340

With a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking debate, the Whitney Biennial—the Museum’s signature exhibition—is the longest running survey of contemporary art in the United States. The Biennial, an invitational show of work produced in the preceding two years, was introduced by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, and it is the longest continuous series of exhibitions in the country to survey recent developments in American art.

The 2017 Whitney Biennial will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue, designed by Olga Casellas Badillo of San Juan–based Tiguere Corp., which includes essays by the curators as well as Biennial advisors Negar Azimi and Gean Moreno, a conversation between the curators and Scott Rothkopf, and a roundtable with filmmakers moderated by Aily Nash. The book will also feature individual entries on each of the sixty-three participants in the exhibition along with reproductions of their work. It will be published by the Whitney Museum of American Art and distributed by Yale University Press.The Whitney Logo

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The Business of Art: Lord Harry Dalmeny Appointed Chairman Of Sotheby’s In The United Kingdom

Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the appointment of Lord Harry Dalmeny as Chairman in the United Kingdom. In this capacity, Lord Dalmeny will lead Sotheby’s client-focused activities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, continuing to develop and nurture key relationships, and drive Sotheby’s strategy. He will also be responsible for ensuring a rich and exciting trajectory for Sotheby’s long tradition of landmark house and single-owner sales – an area in which he has, for many years, played a highly significant role.sothebys-logo

Harry is one of those remarkable forces of nature that attracts everyone to it,” said Tad Smith, Sotheby’s CEO. “He is a master on the rostrum and that passion and charisma carry through everything he does. I am delighted that he has accepted this crucial leadership position in Sotheby’s founding home.”

Lord Dalmeny began his career at Sotheby’s in 1990 as a graduate trainee. Early on, he worked in the Old Master, Furniture and Silver departments, and in 1993 he joined the House Sales & Private Collection department, which he now leads. Over the course of his tenure at Sotheby’s, He has played a leading role in many of the most significant British house and single-owner sales of the last quarter century,

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Lord Harry Dalmeny appointed Chairman of Sothebys United Kingdom

including the Duke & Duchess of Windsor sale (February 1998), the Chatsworth Attic sale (October 2010), and the Castle Howard sale (July 2015).

Lord Dalmeny is one of Sotheby’s most senior auctioneers, having presided over many landmark sales. He is also an active charity auctioneer and in the past 5 years he has taken 124 charity auctions, raising £17.6 million for organizations such as The National Children’s Trust, the National Portrait Gallery, and The British Heart Foundation, among others.

Having watched Harry in action over many years, and having him seen him work his magic – both on the rostrum and at some of Sotheby’s most prestigious and exciting events – I am thrilled to see him take on the position of UK Chairman,” commented The Duke of Devonshire. “Humorous and quick-witted, his limitless energy and enthusiasm are contagious. He is one of the few auctioneers who can keep up the momentum on the rostrum for hours – days even – on end. I know that with Harry at the helm, Sotheby’s can be sure that major projects are executed with style and verve, and with characteristic attention to detail.”

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby’s presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Global Fine Art Division, and two retail businesses, Sotheby’s Diamonds, and Sotheby’s Wine. Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).

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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are net of any fees paid to the purchaser where the purchaser provided an irrevocable bid.

 

Sotheby’s Expands Private Sales Business and Appoints David Schrader as Head of Private Sales For Contemporary Art, New York

Sotheby’s has announced the appointment of David Schrader as Head of Private Sales for Contemporary Art, New York. Mr. Schrader will join Sotheby’s after nearly two decades on Wall Street, most recently as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan dealing with some of the world’s largest financial institutions. During that time, he also established himself as a respected collector of Post-War and Contemporary Art. In his new role, he will work with Sotheby’s Global Contemporary Art Team and bring his perspective and acumen as a sophisticated collector.sothebys-logo

David successfully combined a passion for art and business to build an enviable collection,” said Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman of Sotheby’s Fine Art Division. “Over a 20 year period, he systematically refined his collection through thoughtful acquisitions and sales, gaining the respect of prominent dealers and collectors. His talent as a seasoned market player and collector is a formidable addition to our team and his appointment is another step forward as we continue to harness the dynamic changes impacting the art world today.”

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David Schrader, Sotheby’s new Head of Private Sales for Contemporary Art in New York

David Schrader began on Wall Street at Bear Stearns in the late 1990s and bought his first work of art around that same time. His professional path took him to Credit Suisse before spending the past five years at JP Morgan. His interest in collecting grew as he built a successful career in finance and his market intelligence is particularly deep on artists including, Josef Albers, Mark Grotjahn, Yayoi Kusama, Sol Lewitt, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool, among others.

Cappellazzo added, “Research has always played a significant role in David’s collecting journey – from visiting galleries every weekend and traveling to fairs, to the analysis of data on artists and individual works. The quick pace of technological development presents, even more, transparency and access to data in today’s market, and David’s approach is a seamless fit into Sotheby’s ethos.”

Mr. Schrader will begin at Sotheby’s in the near future.

Tiffany & Co. Announces Chief Executive Officer Transition As Frederic Cumenal Steps Down as CEO

Chairman Michael Kowalski Will Serve as Interim CEO; Board Will Work with Executive Search Firm to Recruit Successor

Company Reaffirms FY 2016 Earnings Guidance

Tiffany & Co. today announced that Frederic Cumenal has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The Board of Directors has commenced a search to recruit a successor in which it will be assisted by a leading executive search firm. During this process, Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman of the Board of Directors and previous CEO of Tiffany, will serve as Interim CEO while continuing as Chairmantiffany-co-logo-hd

Tiffany is the internationally renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to thank Frederic Cumenal for his contributions to Tiffany,” said Mr. Kowalski. “At a time of continuing challenges in the global luxury market, Frederic has enhanced the management team and taken important steps to position Tiffany for success in the long term. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Mr. Kowalski continued, “The Board is committed to our current core business strategies, but has been disappointed by recent financial results. The Board believes that accelerating execution of those strategies is necessary to compete more effectively in today’s global luxury market and improve performance. As such, we remain focused on enhancing the customer experience, increasing the rate of new product introductions and innovation, maximizing marketing effectiveness, optimizing the store network, and improving our business operations and processes, all while efficiently managing our capital and costs. We believe these initiatives and the pace of their execution are key to driving shareholder value. Tiffany is an iconic brand with a family of talented and committed employees to match, and I look forward to supporting both during the transition.”

Mr. Cumenal said, “I am proud of what we have accomplished at Tiffany and would like to thank the management team and our many talented employees around the world with whom I have had the pleasure to work. I have great confidence in Tiffany’s brand, strategic direction, and people, and I believe the Company will have many exciting opportunities in the future.”

Reaffirms Annual Guidance

The Company also affirmed, based on its plans and assumptions detailed in the January 17, 2017 holiday period sales news release, its fiscal year 2016 guidance described in that press release. The Company expects to report its fourth quarter and full 2016 fiscal year results, and also to provide its expectations for the 2017 fiscal year, on March 17 before the market opens.

For additional information, please visit www.tiffany.com or call the shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110.

Travel News: U.S. News & World Report Releases 2017 Best Hotels Rankings

Chicago’s The Langham is the Best Hotel in the USA

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, announced the 2017 Best Hotels. The rankings evaluate more than 3,000 luxury hotels across the USA, the Caribbean (now including Havana, Cuba), Canada and Mexico.

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(PRNewsFoto/U.S. News & World Report)

Travelers looking for a top hotel typically have a destination or a hotel brand in mind. As in past years, U.S. News has published the 2017 Best Hotels rankings in more than 200 destinations. This time of year, the most popular hotel searches are in warm-weather spots, including Maui, Turks and Caicos and Cancun. U.S. News also ranks the Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, new additions to our hotel rankings. For vacationers who have points with loyalty programs, such as Marriott Rewards or Hilton HHonors, a Best Hotels by Brand directory is also available.

U.S. News scored luxury hotels (4-star and higher) using a methodology that combines each hotel’s industry awards with expert and guest reviews. These rankings are part of the expanding U.S. News Travel channel, which also evaluates the Best Hotels in Europe, Best Vacations, Best Cruise Lines and Best Travel Rewards Programs.

In the Best Hotels in the USA rankings, Chicago’s The Langham jumped to No. 1, followed by Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at No. 2 and The Jefferson, Washington, DC at No. 3. U.S. News awards the top 10 percent of ranked hotels with a Gold badge. These three U.S. cities are home to the highest number of Gold badge-winning hotels for 2017:

New York City has 23 Gold badge winners out of 202 ranked hotels.

Las Vegas has 11 Gold badge winners out of 46 ranked hotels.

Los Angeles has 10 Gold badge winners out of 79 ranked hotels.

Gold badge hotels in the U.S. are three times more likely to offer infinity pools, free fitness classes, and free kids clubs than other ranked hotels. And consumers are willing to pay more for top quality – the research shows these hotels’ rates are approximately 60 percent higher than their competitors’.

Outside of the U.S., Eden Rock St. Barths is ranked as the Best Hotel in the Caribbean. The One&Only Palmilla takes the top spot for the Best Hotel in Mexico. For the fourth year in a row, the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal earns recognition as the Best Hotel in Canada.

New this year, U.S. News debuted a ranking of the Best Hotels in Havana. IBEROSTAR Parque Central takes the top spot on this inaugural list.

Our rankings are designed to narrow down the perfect hotel for your vacation – whether it is on a beach, in a major city or in a remote location,” said Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News.The U.S. News Best Hotels hit the mark for both travelers and industry experts, offering exceptional customer service and luxury amenities.”

2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels Rankings

In the USA
1. The Langham, Chicago
2. Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai
3. The Jefferson, Washington, DC
4. Montage Kapalua Bay
5. The Lodge at Sea Island

In Canada
1. Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
2. Rosewood Hotel Georgia
3. Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
4. The Wickaninnish Inn
5. Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto

In the Caribbean
1. Eden Rock St. Barths
2. Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
3. Jamaica Inn
4. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

In Mexico
1. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
2. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort
3. Rosewood Mayakoba
4. The Resort at Pedregal
5. La Casa Que Canta

For more information, visit Best Hotels and use #BestHotels17 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Wynn Las Vegas Announces 2017 Exclusive Residency Roster; Introduces We Are Wynn Nightlife Brand Campaign

Newly Inked Talent Joins Returning Icons To Comprise Lineup

Wynn Las Vegas‘ world-renowned nightclubs XS, Surrender, and Intrigue, and dayclub Encore Beach Club announce their 2017 resident DJ roster with the introduction of the resort’s We Are Wynn Nightlife brand campaign.

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Alesso (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

On the heels of their successful 2016 residencies, Wynn Nightlife welcomes back Alesso, A-Trak, David Guetta, Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Ookay, RL Grime, Skrillex, Slander, Virgil Abloh, and Yellow Claw.

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David Guetta (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

New residents include Alison Wonderland, Brillz, Cedric Gervais, Chuckie, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Duke Dumont, EDX, Getter, Laidback Luke, Lost Kings, MAKJ, Nicky Romero, Robin Schulz, Stafford Brothers, and Sultan + Shepard.

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Marshmello (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

Wynn Nightlife has always had a strong commitment to providing the best entertainment experience possible,” said Alex Cordova, Wynn Nightlife Executive Vice President, and Managing Partner. “We are happy that so many incredible artists are returning — many have been with us five, six or seven years — and are excited to welcome the newly-signed residents. With our carefully curated roster, we provide the most stylistically diverse music lineup in town, positioning us as the leader in Las Vegas nightlife entertainment.”

The 2017 residencies were revealed in a video introducing We Are Wynn Nightlife, the new brand campaign featuring photography by the acclaimed contemporary photographer, Tyler Shields.

Appearing in various marketing mediums, advertisements will spotlight Wynn Nightlife and its DJs with black and white photography while XS, Surrender, Intrigue and Encore Beach Club will each have a distinctive color blocking treatment.

The We Are Wynn Nightlife campaign introduces a new look and feel to the nightlife brand,” said Cordova. “We feel that with Tyler Shields’ photography and our art direction, the campaign will speak to Wynn Nightlife’s ever-evolving customer while reflecting the luxury of the Wynn brand.”

For tickets, table reservations and additional information, please visit www.wynnsocial.com.

Home & Tech/Design: Introducing Hestan NanoBond Cookware

Innovative Culinary Brand, Hestan, Launches First True Innovation In Stainless Steel Cookware In Over 100 Years

Beginning Immediately, NanoBond Will Be Available For Purchase Exclusively At Williams-Sonoma Stores And Online At www.williams-sonoma.com.

Hestan has launched Nanobond Cookware, a line of bonded stainless steel cookware uniquely engineered to last a lifetime, investing over $60 million in developing innovative technologies and kitchen products to elevate the culinary experience. Widely known for its high-end commercial kitchen equipment and premium residential outdoor grills, the company is applying their cutting-edge technology and innovative thinking to their first consumer cookware line, which promises to raise the bar among cookware brands and push the industry towards the future.

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Innovative Culinary Brand, Hestan, Launches First True Innovation in Stainless Steel Cookware in Over 100 Years. Introducing Hestan NanoBond.

Since its introduction to the kitchen over 100 years ago, there’s been no significant innovation to stainless steel cookware – often known for tarnishing when exposed to high heat and easily scratching. For culinary professionals and enthusiasts alike, NanoBond brings the most advanced technology to the kitchen, delivering a full line of cookware that introduces modern science to timeless culinary craftsmanship with molecular titanium. NanoBond offers incredible resilience, lasting beauty, and the cleanability to maintain its brilliance for generations.

NanoBond leverages a patented titanium based nanotechnology that creates thousands of superdense nanolayers of titanium alloys bonded to stainless steel. This enables the cookware surface to be four times harder than typical stainless steel. The result is a chemical free, extremely durable cookware that’s resistant to staining, scratching, salt pitting and provides superior performance. Thanks to a pure aluminum core, it is also 35 percent more conductive than other aluminum-clad cookware.

Hestan innovations span the culinary category including Hestan Vineyards – well-respected small-batch wines developed in Napa Valley, Hestan Smart Cooking – a guided cooking system that will forever change the cooking experience, and the award-winning Hestan Commercial and Hestan Outdoor. Continue reading