Arts + Culture

Dog’s Breakfast

It was gray all over New York City yesterday morning, except perhaps on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The latest splashy sculptures in Jeff Koons’s Celebration series make their debut at the museum today, and yesterday the artist was there to charm the press. “He’s been very sparing in sharing his genius,” one onlooker said, noting the…

The Storefront Moves Out West

Everyone’s favorite avant-garde gallery, SoHo’s Storefront for Art and Architecture, brought out the LA crowds for their first-ever Pop Up Storefront. Setting up on a neon-lit stretch of Sunset Blvd (between an old motel and a strip joint), Storefront showed a set of photographs by Frédéric Chaubin that captured the beautiful architectural monsters of a cloistered Communist era. Dubbed “Cosmic…

Building Art at the Armory

Courtesy Olaf Breuning At this year’s Armory Show, which ended last month, a Mapplethorpe diptych of Philip Johnson was prominently hung near the entrance. It could hardly have been a coincidence. Design is increasingly swallowed up by the art world, and many of the 160 exhibiting galleries seemed to have it on the mind. So while you could find the…

Our Cups Runneth Over

There’s nothing quite like the lure of alcohol to drag New Yorkers from their homes on a cold, wintry night. That, at least, is the conclusion one might draw from the capacity crowd that showed up last Thursday evening in the basement of the Museum of Arts & Design for a lecture on the history of the drinking vessel. Jennifer…

The Correal Life

At Greene Naftali, in New York, until March 15, gallerygoers will find the latest batch of work by Bjarne Melgaard, a semi-infamous Norwegian artist known for incorporating imagery from underground subcultures like heavy-metal music and S&M into his paintings and drawings. Lately, this imagery has migrated onto a new medium for the artist: furniture. Greene Naftali’s exhibition includes several examples…

Ben Katchor’s Playful Side

Attention Ben Katchor fans. After universally good reviews (including an unabashed rave by Ben Brantley in the New York Times) Ben’s musical, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, or The Friends of Dr. Rushower, has extended its run at NYC’s Vineyard Theatre. The show, beautifully directed by Bob McGrath, with a subtle, hypnotic score by Mark Mulcahy, manages to accomplish…