Construction site at Bergamot Station. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne Gallery.


Bergamot Station; Huntington Library

BOON OR BUSTPost Rail Plan on Wrong Track at Bergamot “They’re basically destroying Bergamot Station,” says Wayne Blank, who holds the master lease on the…
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Fellini's La Dolce Vita



In a recent documentary called $ellebrity, we are treated to the spectacle celebrities face every time they try to leave their abodes. If a good…
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Illustration by Alisa Yang

DECODER: Shades of Fame

Get It While You Can

Art fame is a weird fame: I know artists whose work has been seen by millions who can’t pay the rent. I know artists with…
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Martin Creed, “What’s the point of it,” installation view,work no. 1092,2011, Hayward Gallery. © the artist. Photo Linda Nylind

London Calling


Martin Creed’s new exhibition—he of the 2001-Turner-prize-winning-light-bulb-turning-on-and-off-fame—is witty, playful, occasionally insightful and often very irritating. The exhibition spans the entire Hayward gallery and ranges from a…
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©2013 Estate of Ad Reinhardt/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

Under the radar

Looking at Ad Reinhardt

I don’t remember when I first ran across Ad Reinhardt’s dazzling, sarcastic collage comics—probably in the ’80s (around the same time I stumbled upon his…
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Ilustration by Alisa Yang

Decoder: The Money Pit

Where art goes to die

The influence of money on art, you may have heard, is pernicious—or toxic, or corrupting or it is another word that means “bad.” Especially these…
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National Geographic, Kuwait, 1991, photo by Steve McCurry, courtesy The Annenberg Space for Photography


The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years

 The photographs at the Annenberg Space for Photography of National Geographic magazine are cinema-size, faces larger than life, their suffering and innocence unbearable but attached…
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I cannibali: It is a crime to remove the bodies

Bunker Vision

The overdue rediscovery of Liliana Cavani

It is often the case that an artist who creates a lifetime of strong work will be known for a single piece. One of the…
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The Portlandization of Los Angeles

The Portlandization of Los Angeles

Tottenham Corner

I had serious work to do, so I took a nap. After dragging it out for as long as possible, I rolled off the sofa…
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Eddie Martinez, The Feast
2010, © Eddie Martinez, 2010, Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London


Saatchi Gallery

Painting is like the proverbial zombie. It’s supposed to be dead but it won’t lie down. The last 50 years in British art has been…
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Brooke Garber Neidich in the Boom Boom Room, Standard Hotel at the High Line NYC, looking over the downtown Whitney in progress. photo Robyn Perry


New York Collector Brooke Garber Neidich

Powerhouse Brooke Garber Neidich, scion of legendary Chicago jeweler Sidney Garber, inherited her father’s business in 2008, and most recently made a splash with the…
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Catherine Deneuve prepares to cast a spell


The Curious Musicals of Jacques Demy

Now that musicals are getting popular again, it’s a good time to revisit the work of Jacques Demy. Although he is considered part of the…
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Henri Rousseau, Sleeping Gypsy, 1897

RETROSPECT: Henri Rousseau

I heard a rumor that some artists went to visit Henri Rousseau and were shocked that he put one of his paintings on the floor…
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Barbara T. Smith, Untitled Drawing from Sound Piece for Notes and Scores for Sound, 1971. Pencil on paper, 18 x 24 inches

UNDER THE RADAR: Plastic is Fantastic Again

Barbara T. Smith, Performance Audio 1969–1988

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the weird inversions of mainstream and underground culture, particularly as regards formats—the vinyl record for example. Talking with Rick and…
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