Daniel Boulud once called Miami restaurateur Michelle Bernstein the best female chef in America – and when she blew into town this week for just two days, she had a to-do list of local eateries in hand. Where was she headed?: Torrisi Italian Club, John Dory, Fatty ‘Cue and (the one she seemed most excited Read More
By Katherine Clarke 4/29/11 7:05pm
Twice a year, Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips auction houses hold their big-money sales: a few hundred artworks, some of them priced as high as $25 million, go on the block next week and the week of May 8.
Art galleries, meanwhile, put out their best stuff, too, as collectors from all over the world Read More
By Alexandra Peers 4/21/11 10:05pm
It was a good fight, as intellectual sparring goes. Dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, over a breakfast of fresh fruit and frittatas at the Four Seasons Hotel, was arguing with Santino Fontana, who’s currently starring as Algernon in the Broadway revival of The Importance of Being Earnest. The debate: the use of Read More
By Katherine Clarke 4/18/11 6:40pm
It’s charity benefit season, which sometimes means art collectors end up benefiting themselves. At upcoming galas (for the Bronx and Brooklyn Museums, Creative Time and Exit Art, among lots of others) buyers will have opportunities to bypass gallery waiting lists for hot artists or pay prices below what galleries charge.
Some of what’s offered is unspectacular, Read More
By Alexandra Peers 4/13/11 6:32pm
In the late summer of 1987, actor George Hamilton swung open the door of Elizabeth Taylor’s suite at the Plaza Athenee Hotel in New York to greet two guests. The actress made an entrance down the stairs and offered a buffet supper and Champagne to John Block, then the director of jewelry at Sotheby’s auction Read More
By Alexandra Peers 4/05/11 11:26pm
Artists generally like to have their works displayed in major museums. So when 130 artists, curators and academics signed a letter last month asking that their works not be shown by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi until conditions improved for workers building the facility, it drew widespread attention to the cause.
But the protesters may be Read More
By Rachel Corbett 3/30/11 10:58pm
Lee Ufan is coming to the Guggenheim Museum.
Judging by a luncheon at the venerable museum Tuesday, the Guggenheim seems to know it’s going to be an uphill battle promoting its big Lee Ufan retrospective in June, a show slated to take up the entire rotunda, six ramps and two annex galleries.
The Korean-born Read More
By Alexandra Peers 3/24/11 5:46pm
By Alexandra Peers 3/24/11 5:16pm
Last week, one of the hottest chefs in New York-hell, in America-turned a plastic crank, demonstrating a strawberry-red Tupperware hand mixer, the Whip ‘N Prep, for a crowd of diners at a pop-up restaurant dubbed the TupperClub, in the penthouse of the Setai Hotel.On the menu? Nova Scotia lobster with burrata and eggplant Read More
By Rachel Corbett 3/23/11 7:54pm
Every few months, a fussy cabal of art dealers, philanthropists, lawyers and museum curators meet in the Upper East Side offices of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation “over bad sandwiches,” said one. They are the Park Avenue sculpture committee, and they decide, by and large, what art gets showcased on one of the pricier streets in the Read More