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Looking Out, Looking In

Looking Out, Looking In

EARLIER THIS YEAR, I interviewed the children’s author Lois Lowry for The New York Times Magazine. My favorite bit of our conversation, which didn’t make it into print, came when I asked her to de...

Paris Envy: Frank Gehry’s Vuitton Foundation

Paris Envy: Frank Gehry’s Vuitton Foundation

IN TODAY’S EFFICIENT, RATIONALIST, COST-CONSCIOUS architecture culture, squishy, unquantifiable qualities like enchantment are off the drafting table — exiled, beyond the grid, outside the design ...

Home and History in the Fiction of Los Angeles

Home and History in the Fiction of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES does not, perhaps, get enough credit for feeding the imaginations of science fiction writers. Our original cinematic visions of imagined futures — often dystopian wastelands — were sh...

La Comédie Architecturale

La Comédie Architecturale

MY JOURNALISTIC COLLEAGUE and friend Martin Filler and my architectural colleague and friend Zaha Hadid are engaged in an ongoing legal clash as a result of an article, “The Insolence of Architectur...

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Image: Detail from the cover of Semina #1. ¤ PALE AND SLENDER, she is wrapped in a black-and-white shawl that once belonged to Rudolph Valentino, a Spanish comb fanning out from her fiery red hai...

Where the Action Was

Where the Action Was

  I AFTER THE FIRST ROOM of late-Surrealist and still vaguely figurative paintings at the Abstract Expressionist show at MoMA, you arrived at a gallery devoted to Barnett Newman. "Vir Heroicus...

Flea Market

Flea Market

I CAME ACROSS Miroslav Tichý's work in a book I found in a store on Bond St. in NYC, two three years ago.  At first I didn’t know what I was looking at.  I didn’t know if I was looking at ph...

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Los Angeles

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Los Angeles

All images courtesy of Prospect Park Books. All rights reserved.   THE BOOK’S TITLE echoes Utagawa Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, the mid-19th-century woodblock prints of ...

Actually, Images Have Meanings of Their Own

Actually, Images Have Meanings of Their Own

HENRI MATISSE received considerably less critical attention during the last half of the 20th century than either Pablo Picasso, primary point of reference for the New York School painters of the ’50...

“Sincerely Most Sincerely”

“Sincerely Most Sincerely”

ONE NIGHT in January, 1995, the artist Ray Johnson parked his car at a 7-11 in Sag Harbor, Long Island, walked to a bridge next door, jumped into the water, and started doing the backstroke. Two teena...

After Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

After Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

In a Madrid club in 1986, I watched [Jeff Koons] confront a skeptical critic while smashing himself in the face, repeating, “You don’t get it, man. I’m a fucking genius.” […] I agreed.   ...