Linda Yablonsky

American Beauty

A gala celebrating the new Whitney Museum of American Art

April 2015 NEW YORK

IT’S UP. IT’S AMAZING. And it’s never coming down. So said its architect at an exclusive, black-tie dinner this past Monday night, when Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg “delivered” Renzo Piano’s new 28,000-ton baby to the … READ ON


Coming Up Rosen

Independent and Andrea Rosen’s 25th anniversary party

March 2015 NEW YORK

OH, INDEPENDENT! Whither thou goest?  To Brussels, that’s where, in April 2016. Meanwhile, the 2015 edition of New York’s coolest fair opened last Thursday with a snowstorm and ended Sunday on the cusp of spring—a fitting farewell to… READ ON


Spring Forward

The 17th Armory Show

March 2015 NEW YORK

WE HAD SOHO. We had the East Village. We have Chelsea and Williamsburg, Bushwick and Red Hook. What will become New York’s next art neighborhood?  “I guess all of these artists live in the Bronx?” the actor Alan Alda surmised on Monday,… READ ON


Material World

The 12th edition of Zona MACO in Mexico City

February 2015 MEXICO CITY

A FUNNY THING HAPPENS at art fairs. What you remember is seldom the art. That’s probably because the only context such random displays can give it is social. Thinking back, what comes first to mind is people you met, events you attended, … READ ON


Worlds Upon Worlds

Winter openings in New York

January 2015 NEW YORK

ALL NEW YEARS FEEL LIKE GOOD YEARS. For a few days 2015 certainly did. Even with the party of self-interest taking control of the United (ha!) States Congress, it arrived full of promise. Then came the Homeland-like January 7 massacre of ten… READ ON


Islands in the Stream

The 13th Art Basel Miami Beach

December 2014 MIAMI BEACH

LAST WEEK, Miami Beach inspired murder. The killers were the many thousands in town for Miami Art Week—up to 100,000 of them, if you please. Their primary victim was time. Sleep ran a close second. Weapons of choice were beaches, superhigh… READ ON


Gallows Humorism

New York art in November

November 2014 NEW YORK

THE OTHER DAY I heard an artist call November one of the two “big months” for art in New York. The autumn air is crisp, the moon is high, and the prices achieved at auction jump over it. Blue-chip dealers compete by opening big-ticket … READ ON


Dancing with the Stars

LACMA’s Art + Film gala

November 2014 LOS ANGELES

WHAT HAPPENED TO ART in the twentieth century was film. It gave fine artists a new medium and storytellers a visual language. Today, artists like Steve McQueen make movies, but established moviemakers rarely make art. Not in Hollywood, anyway,… READ ON


Bright Prospects

The opening of Prospect 3 in New Orleans

October 2014 NEW ORLEANS

THERE’S ALWAYS A GOOD REASON to be in New Orleans. Last weekend, the draw was “Prospect 3: Notes for Now,” or P.3, the resonant third edition of the international biennial that Dan Cameron created in 2007, two years after Hurricane … READ ON


Live and Let Live

The Frieze Art Fair in London

October 2014 LONDON

BECAUSE ART FAIRS are truly the context of no context, the best part of Frieze London is what isn’t there. Over the last week, the fair’s greatest by-product has been the surfeit of exhibitions in the city’s galleries and museums. For… READ ON