The Whitney Museum has announced that it will fête New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins at its annual gala, which will be held on Oct. 5 on Pier 57 along the Hudson River, west of Chelsea.
Over the course of about a half century on the job, Mr. Tomkins has interviewed seemingly every major art world figure of his time, from Marcel Duchamp to Maurizio Cattelan. Below, The Observer presents below our five favorite profiles by the indefatigable writer. (A New Yorker subscription is required to read some of these pieces.)
It’s not surprising that much of the attention focused on the newly refurbished Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been lavished on the building rather than the art-on New Yorkers, that is, rather than the Greeks. Michael Kimmelman declared in The New York Times that the renovated wing is “the Read More
Note Found in a Bottle: My Life as a Drinker , by Susan Cheever. Simon & Schuster, 192 pages, $23.
It’s not surprising the novelist Susan Cheever got entangled in the drinking habit very young. Her father was John Cheever, arguably the most accomplished short story writer America has produced, and certainly high on Read More