Art and Photography Archive

A Village Lost and Found: Scenes in Our Village - Buddy you’re a young man hard man Shoutin’ in the street gonna take on the world some day You got mud on yo’ face You big disgrace Kicking your can all over the place Brian

Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive - I published this a decade ago. Every year 9/11 came around, and I thought that I should feature it again, but I couldn't bear to look at it, so I

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty - The Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has ended, which is just fine with me --- I saw it four times, and each time it wrung me

Andy Warhol - Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987 --- a Sunday morning, the best time for a media death. By Sunday night, I'd skimmed four books about Warhol and called the

Anthony Quinn’s Eye - If you are of a certain age you remember Anthony Quinn as a protean force, not just as an actor but as a collector and artist. (In much the same way, Yul

At Home in the Garden - I met Carolyne Roehm for media reasons --- at the height of Wall Street prosperity in the mid ‘80s, I wrote a piece about her and Henry Kravis, her then

Atlas of Remote Islands (Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will) - No worries that "Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will" will be showing up on gift lists. Though published by Penguin, the

Carlo Scarpa - One of the perks of editing this site is what I think of as milk-and-cookies --- brief e-mail exchanges with readers. Last week I found myself trading lists of favorite

Charles Gwathmey (1938-2009) - A man I love died the other day, and like a lot of people who knew Charles Gwathmey, I’m having trouble using the past tense about him. Charles was 71

Charles Gwathmey: ‘Vision is the art of seeing things invisible’ - A funeral and a memorial service just hours apart --- that’s an unusual day. But most of his friends were out of town when Dominick Dunne died at 83, so

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Decorating in Detail - Mark Hampton knew everything. He’d read it. He’d seen it. He’d heard it. And because he had some kind of trick memory, everything he knew was instantly available to him.

Design Book Roundup - We live in a 1929 Georgian building on the Upper East Side of New York. It’s small, red brick, quiet to the point of subliminal --- you can walk

Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World’s Most Colorful Despots -

Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible - How important is Dieter Rams? The New York Times asked some great designers for their assessment. For their responses, click here. ----------- Apple is the #1 brand in the world. Bigger than Coke,

Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis - “Fashion Lives” is big as a MacBook and heavy as a small barbell, but if you like to read about fashion, you’ll find it as light as an airport page-turner.

George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic - I’ve written dozens of pieces for House & Garden and Architectural Digest without once hearing George Stacey’s name. That is not quite how he planned it, but close. When he

Georgia: A novel of Georgia O’Keeffe - When it comes to culture, Americans are like baby birds --- we like our nutrition pre-chewed. So if I wanted to learn about Hadley Richardson, perhaps Ernest Hemingway’s greatest love,

Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats - When we tell our family stories, most of us can’t go back more than three or four generations before we’re talking about an ancestor who crossed an ocean. Not so

Helmut Newton - In 1987, when I was a Contributing Editor at New York magazine, Tina Brown took me to lunch and showed me a mock-up of a Vanity Fair cover: Faye Dunaway,