The Phoenician introduces a self-guided audio tour of its $25 million art collection
Complimentary Guest Program Features Works by Celebrated European and North American Artists
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (April 11, 2008) – The Phoenician, Arizona’s definitive AAA Five Diamond luxury resort destination, has introduced a self-guided audio tour of its $25 million art collection. The museum-quality program, free to resort guests, is an inspiring examination of old world and contemporary works by a number of society’s most influential European and Native American artists.
Consisting of a portable earpiece and programmer, the audio device allows guests to leisurely discover the deep history and diversity of this artistic treasure-trove through a series of interpretive vignettes available at the push of a button. Part of The Phoenician’s new Explorers program — offering enriching experiences for all age groups — the audio tour will initially feature 21 works of art, all located around the resort’s main building.
“The Phoenician Art Tour brings a new dimension to the luxury resort destination,” said Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra. “This innovative program is both an entertaining and enlightening study of some of the world’s most prolific artists, whose works reflect the timeless style of The Phoenician itself. We are extremely pleased to offer such a unique and memorable experience for our guests.”
Showcased artists include Allan Houser, whose bronze sculpture, “The Future,” graces The Phoenician’s Grand Ballroom Foyer. Capturing the essence and emotion of traditional Native American life in contemporary form, Houser was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1992 by then-President George H.W. Bush – the first Native American to receive the country’s highest art award. Among the display of European works is “Country Meal,” a late 17th century tapestry found in the Lobby Tea Court. Created at an Aubusson factory in the south of France, the piece is woven with a blue galloon border, indicating a royal commission. Pastoral scenes and landscapes such as this were the most popular subject matter among designers and weavers of the Aubusson workshops.
Fine antiques, such as a Louis XVI commode from the estate of former Texas Governor John Connally, are also featured. Located in the east wing of the main lobby, the furnishing incorporates a style of refined simplicity and subdued elegance, softened by graceful and delicate ornamentation.
The entire resort album includes numerous works from the private collection of The Phoenician’s original owner, Charles Keating, as well as from some of the nation’s top galleries, such as Glenn Green Galleries of Scottsdale/Santa Fe/Tesuque.
Through a partnership with Phoenix Art Museum, resort guests who take the tour will have the opportunity to receive two complimentary general admission tickets to view the celebrated collections and select exhibitions of the leading art museum in the American Southwest.
The creative vision for The Phoenician’s extensive art collection is rooted in the overall philosophy of the resort itself: to combine the richness of traditional European elements with the kaleidoscope of color and intriguing style of the Southwest.
Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room AAA Five Diamond resort hotel and an exclusive Five Diamond boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites — at one magnificent destination. The property features elegant, newly redesigned accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across a variety of restaurants, 27 holes of championship golf, 11 lighted tennis courts, The Centre for Well-Being spa complex, the Explorers program offering activities for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops and a $25 million art collection. In addition to these offerings, the stylish 60-room Canyon Suites provides more intimate surroundings and enhanced services, creating an atmosphere of uncompromising splendor. Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection.
For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234.