The Eight-Day Week
“The modern chair, which most people find too advanced today, is what they’ll like to sit in 10 years from now,” Florence Knoll said in 1953.
She was right. If you don’t know Ms. Knoll’s name, you have undoubtedly sat on her low, chrome-foot chairs: she created the look of U.S. embassies, corporations and college Read More
Wednesday, July 6
Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm may be our favorite fish-out-of-water tale ever, and one of the main reasons we still subscribe to HBO (that and True Blood). It’s like seven seasons of that scene in Annie Hall where Alvy Singer goes out west and tries coke. (Ah-choo!) Now the Read More
The exhibition “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” at the Museum of Modern Art, is not about guitars, violins, bottles or cups, the subjects of the 65 drawings, collages, constructions, paintings and photographs on view. It’s about what is possible in a studio when everything clicks. Entering the show, organized by Anne Umland with Blair Hartzell, you find Read More
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