Archive for November, 2008

The C.E.O. of Thanksgiving Dinner (NY Times) Going Global on Thanksgiving (WSJ) How to Fit 12 at a Table for 8 (Domino) 10 Wines for the Thanksgiving Table (Forbes) Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Bargains & Splurges (WSJ) A French Connection:  Believe It Or Not, The French Beat the Pilgrims (NY Times) 100 Notable Books of […]

By Emily Waldorf In an effort to transform Qatar into an official global arts destination, the I.M. Pei designed Museum of Islamic Art recently unveiled itself. The building is an imposing, fortress-like geometric shape, with a refreshing simplicity and sense of purpose that is rarely seen in the glitzy cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. […]

By Emily Waldorf I had the pleasure of visiting Enrique Martinez Celaya’s pristine Santa Monica studio last April, when he was working on the pieces for his amazing show that opened last week at L.A. Louver in Venice.  Martinez Celaya is not your typical contemporary artist, having trained as a physicist at U.C. Berkeley before […]

Eternal Objects of Desire: Review of Art & Love in Renaissance Italy (NY Times) The Fine Art of Surviving the Crash in Auction Prices (WSJ) Is Art Sponsorship Going Out of Style? (ARTINFO) Scene & Heard:  NY Art Party Pics (ArtForum) Best Illustrated Children’s Books 2008 (NY Times) When Modernism & Judaism Converged on the […]

By Emily Waldorf Amid reports that L.A.’s MOCA is in dire financial trouble, Eli Broad announced that he is planning to open his own contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, designed to replace the apparently “cramped” offices currently housing the Broad Contemporary Art Foundation in Santa Monica, which is closed to the general public.  The […]

By Emily Waldorf This year’s annual fall Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales produced the worst results in over a decade according to Carol Vogel’s article in The New York Times.  Although over $600 million of art exchanged hands over the two week auction period, Sotheby’s lost a whopping $52 million from overly optimistic guarantees […]

By Emily Waldorf Are you in the midst of an existential crisis, seeking out your very own Eat Pray Love experience à la Elizabeth Gilbert?  The New York based artist duo Sasha Bezzubov and Jessica Sucher come to the rescue with their fascinating photographs of spiritual tourism at Taylor de Cordoba.  The perfect inspiration to […]

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Call This One ‘Crisis With a Pipe’ (WSJ) Chelsea:  Art Chockablock with Encyclopedic Range (NY Times) Bare Market: Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale (ArtForum) No Bailout at Christie’s (ARTINFO) The Gift of Beaujolais (WSJ) Arts New Oasis (WSJ)

By Emily Waldorf Damien Hirst oversaw the art direction of hot British indie group, The Hours’, recent music video for their new single, See The Light, starring actress Sienna Miller.  The rather dark video casts Miller as a mad woman, dressed in a hospital gown, wandering through a claustrophobic Hirst fantasy that takes off in a luxury boutique […]

By Emily Waldorf If you are curious about what goes on behind the scenes in the art world and would love to live a day in the glamorous (or not so glamorous as it turns out) shoes of a gallerina, then Danielle Ganek‘s debut novel, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, is for you.  The […]