Every time a young band plays a concert in the Museum of Modern Art’s atrium, it seems that Rodin’s Monument to Balzac is frowning at the spectators in disapproval. The crowd drinks beer and smokes cigarettes in the sculpture garden, and a cavalry of security guards is on hand to kick people out for getting Read More
Forbes’ annual list of the 400 richest Americans came out last week, and (surprise!) some of the country’s richest people are also its most prominent art collectors. Here’s a closer look at the top art lovers to make the list, and what they’re spending all that money on. (Spoiler Read More
When It's Not Your Money
LISA + DONNIE R OK. The words are both hopeful and bone-chilling. They were scrawled, in 2005, on a once-pretty white house with pale-blue shutters in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward.
Five years ago this month, one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history swept through Louisiana and Mississippi. An exhibition opening Aug. 28 (a day Read More
Good work if you can get it.
The heads of the Met, the Natural History Museum and MoMA live in tax-free Manhattan housing, on their employers’ dime. From The Times this morning:
In addition to her $877,000 compensation package, Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, lives rent free in a $5 million Read More
The Museum of Modern Art has turned down the volume on Yoko Ono’s atrium art installation Voice Piece for Soprano in response to complaints from visitors and employees.
The installation features a microphone, speakers, and the instructions to visitors: ”Scream against the wind/ against the wall/ against the sky” on the far wall. But according to museum Read More
CEOs and Symbionese Liberation
The Museum of Modern Art has picked Kathryn Bigelow to honor at its annual fund-raising Film Gala. (It’s MoMA’s recently-hatched version of the Met’s tony cash-cow, the Costume Institute Ball.) Apart from her shiny Oscars, of course, Best-Director Bigelow’s an unlikely candidate: The two previous winners, Baz Luhrmann and Tim Burton, were known for extremely Read More
Disgraced Lehman Brothers CEO Richard S. Fuld is no longer seen in high society, but his art is still in all the best places.
On a walk through the Museum of Modern Art’s newly re-installed galleries for contemporary art, which open to the public tomorrow, The Observer noticed that the discredited banker and his wife, Read More
A princess begins work at Christie’s, ancient apostle paintings discovered in Rome, and work by Stephen Vitiello and Yoko Ono take root in New York. It can’t be a slow summer when there is this much action in the art world.
1. Princess Eugenie of York Interns at Christie’s
Princess Eugenie, the 20-year-old daughter of Read More
Late hours, cocktails and music mark the summer art scene.
Rubin Museum of Art
Friday Nights until late evening, ongoing
Named, rather modestly, for the second-tallest mountain in the world, the Rubin Museum of Art’s weekly transformation from Eastern art museum to club lounge is remarkable because it’s actually kind of cool. Read More
Pablo Picasso liked to work fast. When no new canvases were handy, he painted over what he already had. He reportedly completed his masterpiece of the Spanish Civil War, Guernica, in six weeks. And, living in the south of France in his 80s, he had a pair of master print makers relocated from Paris to Read More