Tails of Retail
Soho and Noho has become one of those places “real” New Yorkers loathe to visit, like Times Square and Canal Street.
It’s jam-packed with funny smells, honking cars and gawking tourists. As if there were any question lower Broadway was anything more than an awful suburban mall, the kind of place most New Yorkers move here to escape, the latest lease at 691 Broadway proves it: Spencer’s Gifts is moving in. And who’s to blame? None other than that downtown scourge, N.Y.U.
While much of New York’s art world is away on a European grand tour—starting with the Venice Biennale, moving on to Art Basel, the annual art fair in Switzerland, which opens next week, and winding up in London for a round of auctions—a handful of museum-worthy exhibitions make this a good time to visit Chelsea’s Read More
It was the artists who made modern-day Soho, and it looks like the artists will be the ones to unmake it as well.
The city has begun enforcing a little-known law, at least to those living beyond Soho’s tony cobblestoned confines, that requires these now-multimillion dollar homes to be occupied by actual working artists. You Read More
The paintings of Kevin Wixted on display at Lohin Geduld Gallery are rigorous in structure and restricted in pictorial motif-so much so that you can almost miss the metaphysical aspect. These City States (the title of Mr. Wixted’s exhibition) are built out of abutting columns of systematic incident-stripes,checkerboards, grids and trellis-like patterning-all arranged on the Read More
With a Hint of the Surreal
The paintings of Kevin Wixted on display at Lohin Geduld Gallery are rigorous in structure and restricted in pictorial motif-so much so that you can almost miss the metaphysical aspect. These City States (the title of Mr. Wixted’s exhibition) are built out of abutting columns of Read More
Almost four decades have passed since an exhibition called Primary Structures (1966) was organized at the Jewish Museum in New York. For many of the people who saw it, Primary Structures was their first encounter with what was soon to be called Minimalism-an art so radically denuded of embellishment, complexity or any obvious visual appeal Read More
Given the mini-scandal that erupted last month over Michael Kimmelman’s absurd pronouncement in The New York Times Magazine that the Minimalists, Conceptualists and Earth Artists who made their debut in the 1960′s can now be said to constitute the “Greatest Generation” in the history of American art, it’s surprising that so little critical attention has Read More
On April 13, Architecture magazine announced the 1999 recipients of the esteemed P/A award, given annually to young or undiscovered American and Canadian architects for design excellence in projects that are in the process of being completed. Michael Gabellini, best known for his interior design of Jil Sander stores and the Grant Selwyn Fine Art Read More
“People might think some of it is real hideola,” the interior designer Chessy Rayner said one morning recently at her office on the Upper East Side. The tall, slender tastemaster settled herself on a gentle chair by a window with a view of life on East 81st Street: babbling workmen, the small heirs to large Read More