Love is Strange
The Art Scene
On a recent morning in the fifth-floor conference room of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s brick and limestone Madison Avenue headquarters, a public meeting of the board was called to order. The various members representing the audit, governance, bridges and tunnels, finance, and other committees listened patiently as Mark Shotkin, a member of the transit-riding Read More
Three days before the opening of Any Ever, Ryan Trecartin’s first major museum retrospective in New York, the artist stood at a podium at the Museum of Modern Art for the amFar Inspiration Gala to celebrate men’s fashion. He presented James Franco, one of his fans, with the Piaget Award of Inspiration. Courtney Love, another Read More
The night before his big book party Monday evening in Basel, Switzerland, home to the world’s most important art fair, which opens this week, Ashley Bickerton updated his Facebook status: “Basel, Switzerland. Looks dull as dumpster full of discarded drywall.”
A fixture of the go-go 80’s New York art world—he was called “Neo Geo” then, Read More
On a recent Tuesday afternoon, outside a firehouse on the north shore of Staten Island, Bill de Blasio slipped between a throng of sweaty, angry protesters and was quickly ushered to a microphone stand.
“This mayor loves to brag how devoted he is to the numbers,” said Mr. de Blasio. “This is the fastest growing Read More
At last week’s BookExpo America, Amazon managed to do what it had done so many times before: give traditional publishing houses an anxiety attack. This time, the company did so by hiring one of the old guard’s own, Larry Kirshbaum. However, it was not merely the hire that scared book-industry insiders, but what it portended: Read More
Nineteen ninety-nine was a revelatory year for Stefano Sandano. He became one of the few applicants out of thousands to be approved as a licensed Vatican tour guide, and he began, for the first time, to seriously study the inner workings of the Internet.
Mr. Sandano was an early convert to the digital doctrine of Read More