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Photographer Spotlight: Nicholas Vreeland

Photographer Spotlight: Nicholas Vreeland

It is not unusual for a photographer to strive for transcendent images and so reach beyond the mere recording of the world before their camera. It is far rarer to find a spiritual devotee whose prac...

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 ...

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...

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...

Photographer Spotlight: Stephen Wilkes

Photographer Spotlight: Stephen Wilkes

  Stephen Wilkes is a voyeur on an operatic scale. Although the first thing one sees in his epic photographs is a panorama that divides seamlessly between day and night, closer inspection ...

“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.   ...

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...

Library in the Future Tense

Library in the Future Tense

 1. HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS of South Korea sits one of the oldest intact libraries in the world, located in the Haeinsa Temple. Since 1398, it has preserved, on spare wooden shelves, the 81,258 print...

Art's Secular Illusions

Art's Secular Illusions

Things are placed right in front of our eyes, not covered by any veil. This is where religion and art part company. — Wittgenstein Psychology is a half way science justified, if at all, by its the...