Posted on August 13th, 2013

Michael Pollan is not a newcomer to the food writing arena. With critically acclaimed books like In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and An Omnivore’s Dilemma, he has helped North Americans re-evaluate their relationship with food and nutrition offering profoundly simple advice such as “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” to demystify … (More →)


The Cy Twombly Gallery

Posted on August 6th, 2013

We have yet to visit the Menil Collection in Houston but it is very high on our “must do list”. The Menil has an extraordinary reputation as an unparalleled art viewing experience, near religious in it pure veneration of the art object. Believing in the primacy of the artwork itself, visitors will note a distinct … (More →)


Hauser & Wirth

Posted on July 30th, 2013

While convention dictates that the art museum is the appropriate context in which to mount important and critical exhibitions that contextualize both contemporary and historical art, over the past few decades commercial galleries have begun to blur the divide between business enterprise and scholarly investigation. In fact, some of the most compelling and ambitious exhibitions … (More →)


Building Seagram

Posted on July 16th, 2013

I never would have guessed that the catalyst that set New York’s architectural monument, the Seagram Building, into motion were the candid and outraged ‘NO NO NO NO NO’S’ of a scolding letter from daughter to father in response to a lapse in good taste. In this scenario, the daughter was Phyllis Lambert, the founder … (More →)


Bad Boy

Posted on July 9th, 2013

While we read memoirs voraciously, our enjoyment of the literary form is always tempered by a sense that we’re only getting part of the story. Too often authors excessively focus inwards and fail to provide readers with enough of a context to truly comprehend the writer’s motivations, or conversely devote too much attention to the … (More →)



Posted on July 2nd, 2013

It seems like cookbooks are the new coffee table display item with many publishing houses now producing glossy, beautifully photographed tomes that are as much picture book as recipe guide. Publishers like Phaidon, once better known for their weighty art tomes, are churning out glossy, well-designed books by the dozen, bringing the same standards of … (More →)


Mapping Manhattan

Posted on June 25th, 2013

Loving New York as we do, when accidental cartographer and Harvard graduate Becky Cooper released her book Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers, we were immediately intrigued by her collaborative project. Carrying hundreds of blank maps she hand-printed on the letterpress in the basement of her … (More →)


Marcel Duchamp

Posted on June 18th, 2013

We just got our hands on the slim book Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews and we’re so glad we did. In 1964, writer Calvin Tomkins interviewed Marcel Duchamp in his apartment in New York; this book, based on those five-and-a-half hours of taped dialogues with the artist, is the first time their conversations have been … (More →)

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