| May 10, 2012
| 7:26 AM
A version of Andy Warhol's "Double Elvis" that has ties to Los Angeles brought in $37 million at a Sotheby's auction on Wednesday in New York. The silkscreen work, which depicts Presley in a cowboy pose, was offered for sale by an unidentified American...
| Jul 24, 2011
The Art of Cruelty
W.W. Norton: 304 pp., $24.95
From a movie billboard in her Los Angeles neighborhood to the Italian Futurists, Maggie Nelson swings her lively gaze across a century's worth of art and culture in "The Art...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 8:49 AM
Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay quotes Joseph Bottum on cranks: "There are three infallible signs of the crank. ... The first is that he has theory about the Jews. The second is that he has a theory about money. And the third is that he has a theory...
| Jun 28, 2008
It seems but a minor stretch—if that—to speculate that the seemingly redundant title of Ethan Canin's new novel, "America America," is to suggest that there are indeed second acts in American life.
The book abounds with them, in the first...
| Mar 29, 2009
Patrick White, the first great novelist to come out of Australia, was born in 1912, won the Nobel Prize in 1973, died in 1990 and his work promptly dropped from fashion. His style of narrative-driven psychological modernism seemed outmoded, perhaps,...
| Nov 21, 2008
Art dealer Jan Krugier, an Auschwitz survivor who collected the works of Picasso and other renowned artists to help himself move past the horrors of the Nazi era, has died in Switzerland. He was 80.
Krugier died Saturday as a result of an infection,...
| Jun 19, 2007
The sunset sky was the perfect shade of Yves Saint Laurent violet as guests sat down poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday night for a chic fundraiser sponsored by the French fashion house for Center Dance Arts.
The nonprofit organization...
| Jun 3, 2008
As part of a high-powered campaign to promote Richard Neutra's 1946 Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, which it auctioned during its big evening sale of postwar and contemporary art two weeks ago, Christie's produced a glossy booklet on the house and its...
| Aug 15, 2008
Set on a sandy island where scantily clad castaways compete against each other for power, Shakespeare's "The Tempest" could qualify as the proto-"Survivor." If that sounds like literary heresy, consider the fact that the Bard himself was seldom above...
| Aug 15, 2010
Milan Kundera, translated from the French by Linda Asher
Harper: 192 pp., $23.99
"Up to what degree of distortion does an individual still remain himself?"
Milan Kundera asks this question in writing about the painter Francis Bacon,...
| May 9, 2010
Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Simon & Schuster: 352 pp., $26
Shakespeare doesn't lack for honors. A 2000 British survey named him the "man of the millennium." He has been the subject of nine scholarly books or articles a day for...