The Business of New York
Maybe Leonard Lauder just doesn’t get out much. “Downtown is a new city,” he revealed to The Times this morning, “a new nation.”
Mr. Lauder, the Whitney Museum’s chairman and biggest benefactor, had also been the biggest roadblock to an ambitious plan to move the Whitney out of its outdated uptown home, Read More
The island of Capri—which takes up only 4 square miles of the planet—has given us the Capri pants, the Capresi salad, the rocky passageways of Faraglione, the Villa Malaparte, Somerset Maugham’s The Lotus Eater and now Town and Country editor Pamela Fiori’s book In the Spirit of Capri, filled with history and images of Capri Read More
It was Monday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m., and on the set of CBS’s Early Show in midtown, the socialite eminence Evelyn Lauder and the actress Elizabeth Hurley were sitting in the green room, getting their hair sprayed, their lips painted and their faces dabbed with foundation.
They were there to talk about the Breast Read More
After 14 years as head honcho, Leonard A. Lauder stepped down on yesterday as chairman of the board of trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art, according to the New York Times. He remains a trustee and the chairman emeritus, with full voting rights.
In an afternoon meeting, the Whitney Read More
Leonard A. Lauder, the Estée Lauder Companies executive and chairman of the Whitney Museum of American Art, said on Tuesday that his art foundation would give the museum $131 million, the biggest donation in the Whitney’s 77-year history, Carol Vogel reports in the New York Times.
Mr. Lauder said that the money required Read More
“She made the world a prettier place,” Roberta Myers, editor in chief of Elle magazine, said on Monday night, April 26. She spoke of Estée Lauder, empress of the eponymous cosmetics empire, who had passed away on Saturday evening at her home on the Upper East Side. Nonetheless, a herd of black dresses and fuchsia Read More
As the Whitney Biennial launches this week to the usual hyperbolic chorus of yays and nays, behind the scenes at the museum, a major change is happening. There was a new face at the Whitney’s board meeting last week. A new familiar face: Peter Norton, the software magnate, contemporary-art collector and accomplished board hopper, who Read More
With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ronald Lauder looked east and saw “business opportunity” scrolling across the TV screens of every nation in the Eastern bloc. Oh, to be there first and grab it all, as state-run media fell into the hands of the private sector and glasnost , the free exchange of ideas, Read More
There are no great families in America anymore. And few, if any, worth heralding in the dynastic sense. A great family needs more than tremendous wealth. It needs an organizing principle by which parents and children dedicate themselves to the development of the family’s intellect, followed by a devotion to the community and to “good” Read More
To: Leonard Lauder, Chairman, Whitney Museum of American Art
From: Ron Rosenbaum
Re: How an apology to the city for the Books & Company fiasco might redeem your image and rescue your museum
Dear Mr. Lauder,
Hey big guy, real profile in courage there with the Karen Finley cancellation! I have no Read More