Geffen Hall’s $550 million makeover is fully funded

Gone are the mustard-colored seats and shoebox interior of David Geffen Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. When the hall reopens this fall, undulating beech wood will wrap around the stage – and so will the audience, in seats covered in richly colored patterns reminiscent of moving flower petals. When the … Read more

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An artist and museum guard met whose new job concerns remuneration: hers

For decades, Emilie Lemakis has made art rooted in the experiences and ephemera of her daily life. Her work includes abstract charcoal drawings of the kitchen drain and light bulbs inside the apartment in Boston where she lived during art school. Her “seated ceremonial throne” acknowledges the many years she spent standing guard at the … Read more

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The Linda Linda and their fierce and joyful power

Shifting to global, not just local, attention is something Linda Lindas are still getting used to, but they are grateful to know that it resonates. “People reach out and say, ‘Oh, you inspired me to pick up the guitar,’ or ‘You inspired my kids,’” Lucia said. “There are so many people who felt something from … Read more

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Al Pacino reflects on his pivotal role in ‘The Godfather’

When did you meet Coppola? To give it a bit of history, Francis was that filmmaker who had Zoetrope [his production company, American Zoetrope]and people like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and [Martin] Scorsese and [Brian] De Palma were all part of a group. And I remember seeing a few when Francis asked me to … Read more

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A new source of support for Indigenous art

ANCRAM, NY – Some great art collectors start out in the domestic sphere, buying works for themselves to enjoy at home and only later sharing their bounty with the rest of the world. But philanthropist Becky Gochman, 58, jumped straight to step two. She went on an art-buying spree, but not for herself or her … Read more

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The Grimani of Venice share their treasures again

VENICE – Visitors to this city have plenty of opportunities to explore the tastes of visionary, deep-pocketed collectors like Peggy Guggenheim, whose Grand Canal Palace is a treasure chest of 20th-century American and European art, or Francis Pinault, who rotates his contemporary art collection between two Venetian locations. But it was true even hundreds of … Read more

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The Art of Acquisition – The New York Times

The French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan accumulated a lot of things, from childhood: a Prince Albert pewter tobacco box, a complete set of Japanese armor, neo-romantic and surrealist paintings, a fragment of Italian marble from the Fifteenth century. Mr Le-Tan, who died in 2019 at the age of 69, was best known for his cross-hatched drawings … Read more

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Review: ‘The Chinese Lady’ takes a long look at hate

Afong Moy is known as “The Chinese Lady”, but in reality she is just a girl – 14 when she arrives alone in New York in 1834, brought by two merchant brothers who made a deal with her father in Guangzhou Province to put her in a museum for two years, exhibited. Possibly the first … Read more

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Review: In ‘Jane Anger’, Michael Urie shines as Shakespeare

In “Jane Anger,” a new comedy from Talene Monahon, everyone is fed up with the endless waves of sickness and quarantine. We are in 1606, and we are in England, which suffers a new epidemic of plague. But for one man, a late-career William Shakespeare, there are more serious concerns: writer’s block. Described as a … Read more

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