Vigée the Victorious

Vigée the Victorious

Vigée the Victorious Photo credits: bottom of page The life of the beautiful, clever, and prodigiously gifted Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) is one of those rags-to-riches sagas irresistible to storytellers of any era. She was born in Paris to a minor...
The Fate of the Art at the Four Seasons

The Fate of the Art at the Four Seasons

The Fate of the Art at the Four Seasons By Ann Landi Photo credits: bottom of page Over the holidays, I learned from a friend that the venerable Four Seasons  Restaurant in the landmark Seagram Building on Park Avenue would be closing this summer. I was a little late...
Alex Meets Ada

Alex Meets Ada

Alex Meets Ada Photo credits: bottom of page Alex Katz first met his wife, Ada, at an opening at the Tangier Gallery in 1958. She immediately became one of his favorite models. “I’d been painting these all-over landscapes, and then I decided to paint details...
The Secret of Venus

The Secret of Venus

The Secret of Venus Photo credits: bottom of page Seeing Mona Kuhn’s subtly erotic nudes in the slide show that accompanies our podcast with her this week (and especially the photo titled Morgane from 2010) made me think of a book proposal I worked on more than...
Frank Stella Meets Jasper Johns

Frank Stella Meets Jasper Johns

Frank Stella Meets Jasper Johns Photo credits: bottom of page “The artist who launched Minimalism was Frank Stella (b. 1936), who was still a student at Princeton when he saw Jasper Johns’s 1958 show at Leo Castelli Gallery. He liked the repetition of the flags,...
Patti Smith Meets Picasso

Patti Smith Meets Picasso

Patti Smith Meets Picasso Photo credits: bottom of page “[When I was about twelve], my father took us on a rare excursion to the Museum of Art in Philadelphia. My parents worked very hard, and taking four children on a bus to Philadelphia was exhausting and expensive....