We climbed the new sculpture from Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio at Hudson Yards in New York City on a sunny early-spring day in March. Here’s everything you need to know about it: how to get tickets to climb the Vessel, and what it’s like once you’re there, with photos. The headline? The experience is stimulating, energizing, whimsical and stunning. And like so many true luxuries in life, this one is free.
Heading for Coachella for the music festival? Make time for a desert detour. The second iteration of the art fair biennial Desert X kicked off February 9, 2019. It introduced 18 site-specific outdoor artworks across nearly 55 miles of the California desert. Like the works from Burning Man, these contemporary works are stunning, provocative, message-driven, and largely ephemeral. So see them while you can. Desert X is on view through April 21, 2019. Here are some of the best works from Desert X 2019.
Sparklers is a monthly series that highlights those who have recently spread light in the world. Every day, people choose to shine in ways large and small. These moments of grace and generosity don’t always get reported on, and unfortunately they can be quickly forgotten. So we’re celebrating good deeds and kind acts. Because sometimes good news and kindness are the sweetest luxuries of all. The Sparkler of the Month for March 2019 is Art + Practice.
A gallery within a larger exhibit at the Whitney Museum in New York two years ago has lingered in our minds ever since we saw it. It was entitled Portraits Without People, and we found it provocative. And profound. Because it raised an intriguing question: if someone wanted to capture your essential essence without showing any part of you, what would they paint (or photograph)? The books on your nightstand? Your running shoes? Your last Power Point presentation? What you ate this morning? Said another way: do our possessions define us? Are we what we buy? And if not, then what objects in our lives represent who we really are?
The 59th annual edition of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair is underway this weekend at the cavernous Park Avenue Armory. It’s another beloved spring happening in the city. If you’ve never been you, you probably have questions: What’s on sale? Who goes? What’s it like? Is anything actually affordable? Dear reader, we went to the VIP Preview. And we’ve got answers to all those questions and more. Here’s what you need to know about the annual Antiquarian Book Fair in New York City. It’s one of our favorite literary luxuries.