I once had an English teacher who claimed to be a witch. I don’t mean she was one of those modern wiccans. I mean she thought of herself as an old school, Hansel and Gretel witch. Oh, she didn’t say it out and out, but she always wore black, owned tons of cats and tended to wink during the Weird Sisters part of Macbeth. Also, I feel it’s not standard for sophomores in high school to study Gothic literature for half the year. Between that class and others in college on the 19th-century novel or one form or another of required literary theory (unlike the good doctor, I try not to “burden my memory with exploded systems and useless names”), I have read Frankenstein many times. Read More
TUESDAY JANUARY 21
Talk: Painting Beyond Belief II at the Jewish Museum
David Joselit, the scholar and critic, will discuss the Jewish Museum’s Marc Chagall show with the artist Thomas Eggerer.–Michael H. Miller Read More
By Dan Duray 12/19/13 1:00pm
Much has been written about how audio books require the right reader. Just a few weeks ago, A.O. Scott praised a new recording Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, read by Bryan Cranston, arguing that ”Cranston may be the most charismatic embodiment of moral ambiguity we currently possess.” Shortly before he died, Christopher Hitchens praised Martin Jarvis’s deftness with P.G. Wodehouse in Vanity Fair, and wrote that the reader makes one “almost overhear the classic” Right Ho, Jeeves. I have also heard that Will Patton does impressive work with Denis Johnson.
Blouin Media, Publisher of Art+Auction and Modern Painters, Terminates Most International Freelance Contracts
By Dan Duray 12/13/13 2:15pm
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the heads of the international bureaus of Blouin Artinfo received an email from Louise Blouin Media Vice Chairman Bruce Ferguson, who joined the company in September and whom many of the editors had not met.
“LB MEDIA is in the process of re-structuring its editorial bureaus in order to respond to new contingencies,” the email read. “As a result, for the bureau and its site only, and effective immediately, there will be one bureau chief – you – and one translator only, of your choosing, only for the site. You will choose the translator who is expected to produce 10,000 words per week. Other contracts will be honored with payments until today only. A discussion of a budget for free-lance writers will occur in the near future. Thank you for your attention to this matter.” Read More
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
Opening: Rachel Rose, “Sonic Hedgehog” at Malraux’s Place
Listen, this ain’t hard. Rachel Rose, great artist, at the studio of Sebastian Black (great artist). Why don’t you just GO already? —Dan Duray
Malraux’s Place, 253 36th Street, Brooklyn, 7-9 p.m.
Opening: Miroslav Tichý at Half Gallery
Miroslav Tichý’s shaky, sometimes surreptitiously snapped photographs of women have only recently gained art world attention. If you’re not familiar with his work (which he often created using homemade cameras), hike on up to Half Gallery for an introduction. —Zoë Lescaze
Half Gallery, 43 East 78th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m. Read More
By Dan Duray 9/10/13 8:15pm
Reviewers sometimes read novels featuring young characters like they aren’t books but bones cast by a soothsayer. What does it say about our society that someone who was in elementary school during the O.J. Simpson trial behaves in a certain way? And was it an aesthetic choice to have him send an email, just then?
By Dan Duray 6/25/13 8:45pm
In the author’s note to his 2007 book Legacy of Ashes, Tim Weiner begins his history of the CIA with an argument that American foreign intelligence has failed so spectacularly (or has been so corrupt) so often because the U.S. had no history of espionage prior to World War II. America became the postwar default Read More
By Dan Duray 6/10/13 4:16pm
Late last week BlackBook magazine finalized a new ownership deal that sold the media company from Vibe Media Holdings to Jon Bond of the ad agency Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners and Evanly Schindler, who founded BlackBook in 1996 before serving as president of Interview magazine and co-owner of the restaurant Acme. Read More
He Had Their Attention: Leonardo DiCaprio Charity Auction at Christie’s Hammers in $31.7 M., 13 Artist Records
By Dan Duray 5/14/13 1:31am
Last night Christie’s hammered an impressive $31.7 million across 33 contemporary works in a charity auction organized by Leonardo DiCaprio. Thirteen new artist records were set, with many works doubling their pre-sale high estimates. The night had a total high estimate of just $18 million and most of the proceeds from the auction, titled the Read More
By Harry Haun 4/16/13 6:39pm
Occasionally, there is an almost uncanny parallel between a player and her role. The journey that actress Cicely Tyson is on at the moment—returning to Broadway after an intermission of three decades—is not so different from the one that her character, Carrie Watts, is attempting in The Trip to Bountiful—getting back to the nourishing roots from which she sprang. Read More