Linda Yablonsky

All Dogs Go to Heaven

Jeff Koons’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum

July 2014 NEW YORK

TIME AND AGAIN, Jeff Koons has said that his art is all about “transcendence,” that he wants it to help people feel good about themselves. Last Tuesday night, during an exclusive patrons’ preview of “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at… READ ON


House of Style

Juergen Teller, Rashid Johnson, and Paweł Althamer in Greece

June 2014 ATHENS

SUMMER CAMP started early this year with a weekend of post-Basel R & R in Greece. Actually, the Swiss fair was still in progress when the first escapees arrived in Athens last Friday. With hardly a stop for breath, artists, collectors, and … READ ON


Fun and Fancy Free

The 45th Art Basel

June 2014 BASEL

MY WATCH STOPPED last Monday, just as the VIP opening of Art Unlimited got underway. There couldn’t have been a more appropriate way to dive into the vortex of Art Basel, where time stands still and thousands of high-priced objects and … READ ON


Time and Time Again

Zurich Art Weekend

June 2014 ZURICH

LIKE OTHER TRIBAL CULTURES, the art world has rituals. One of them is Zurich Art Weekend, foreplay for pilgrims heading to Basel and feeling starved for visual stimulation after a long flight. With Kunsthalle Zürich leading the action, … READ ON


Tale of Two Cities

The 14th Venice Biennale of architecture

June 2014 VENICE

WHILE IN VENICE, I didn’t hear a single joke about architects. This is a profession that appears to take itself very seriously—no bad behavior while away from home. At least, that’s how it seemed over three preview days at the Fourteenth… READ ON


Aires Strike

The 23rd arteBA in Buenos Aires


ON MAY 21, I arrived in Buenos Aires for the opening of arteBA, thinking it Argentina’s first contemporary art fair. I was wrong. It was number twenty-three.  Where had I been? Certainly not in Palermo, the neighborhood of La Rural, the … READ ON


Sound and Vision

Frieze New York

May 2014

FRIEZE NEW YORK stirs a pot that already contains a witch’s brew of its own making.  Two days before the fair’s opening, for example, Fergus McCaffrey inaugurated his nine-thousand-foot duplex on West Twenty-Sixth Street with the work … READ ON


Spring Breakers

Spring openings before Frieze

May 2014

“THERE IS A LOT GOING ON,” said one insider at an opening last week. Probably everyone in New York was saying the same thing. There is always too much to do in this town. In spring, when the dogwoods are in bloom and ramps are on the … READ ON


Playing Nice

Galas for the New Museum and CCS Bard

April 2014 NEW YORK

YOU KNOW IT’S SPRING in New York when the sea of black that describes the art world’s rigorous dress code changes to color. “Red and racy” was the mode d’access last Tuesday night for the New Museum’s annual benefit gala, which … READ ON


Now and Then

The 5th Marrakech Biennial

March 2014 MARRAKECH

ON THE EVE of the fifth Marrakech Biennale, I dined with two kings. They are the founding monarchs of Elgaland-Vargaland, an amorphous dominion occupying the border territories between every country in the world—including the virtual. … READ ON