Tag Archive: books


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

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: The Menil Collection, Houston

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: 20 Years

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: My Life On and Off the Canvas

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 →)


Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers

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: The Afternoon Interviews

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 →)


Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Posted on June 11th, 2013

Selecting appropriate summer reading material is always a tricky endeavour. While we desire something engrossing – and somewhat undemanding – to entertain us at the beach or pool, we also don’t want to waste our time reading poorly written smut or predictable mysteries. It’s that elusive balance between readability and weightiness that makes a novel … (More →)

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