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The Handmade Shirt by Mercer & Sons

The Handmade Shirt by Mercer & Sons

Editor’s note: I am admittedly biased about this product, ever since I walked into a Brooks Brothers store wearing one, and was greeted by a wide-eyed salesperson whose first words to me were: “Nice shirt!” It’s geography may have changed multiple time during the past 30 years, but there’s been one constant at Mercer & [...]

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M. C. Escher Reads Leonardo da Vinci

M. C. Escher Reads Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci and M.C. Escher may have been separated by four centuries, but they certainly saw the world eye-to-eye. Who knew? David Steel, curator of European art for 33 years at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), for one. “In my mind, of all the artists who followed Leonardo, I think Escher was [...]

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In Venice, to Dredge or not to Dredge?

In Venice, to Dredge or not to Dredge?

Mystery and intrigue may be synonymous with the city of Venice, but the latest imbroglio between politicians and preservationists there seems a little more ham-handed. “Why have you banned this photo exhibit,” tweeted Venetophile and publisher JoAnn Locktov to Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of Venice, on August 14. “Are you so scared of the truth?” “Yes, [...]

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Ernest Hemingway between Two Wars

Ernest Hemingway between Two Wars

It’s no less than the documentation of the evolution of one of America’s finest writers. Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars opens Sept. 25 at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. It’s the first-ever major museum exhibition of his work, and promises a thorough examination of how the author honed his craft and brought emotional life to [...]

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Cottage Time in Carolina, Once More

Cottage Time in Carolina, Once More

Once again, A+A is enjoying its annual sojourn at its favorite beach on a barrier island off the coast of Carolina. Some years back, a friend asked for a few words on the nature of Cottage Time, so we happily obliged him. Today we remember him, knowing that though he’s no longer with us, the words he wanted endure. Pythagoras, when [...]

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Pop-Up Art in the Meatpacking District

Pop-Up Art in the Meatpacking District

LUMAS, the Berlin-based contemporary photography portfolio, will open a pop-up gallery in New York on Sept. 9. The new temporary space, located at 875 Washington Street, will feature works from more than 200 renowned artists around the world, in editions of 75 to 150. A+A recently interviewed Jan Seewald, head of communications, via email: Some background on [...]

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NYC Talk on ‘Drawing from Practice’

NYC Talk on ‘Drawing from Practice’

Save the Date! Mike Welton’s NYC Talk on “Drawing from Practice,” Sept. 17, 6:30 PM: Who: J. Michael Welton, Author What: Book Talk and Signing: “Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand,” 2015 (© Routledge Press,236 pages) Where: The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York 20 West [...]

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Southern California Icons, at Auction

Southern California Icons, at Auction

The Oct. 11 sale at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) promises to be a watershed of sorts. Sure, there’ll be works by Ed Ruscha, Karl Benjamin and Frederick Hammersley, among other contemporary California masters. It’s just that there will be a larger number of better works than usual. Instead of one or two stars aligning, it’ll [...]

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On Long Island, 115 Gardens of Eden

On Long Island, 115 Gardens of Eden

By the time that Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald moved into their rented house in Great Neck in 1922, the development of Long Island had been well-under way for three decades. And Robert MacKay’s new book, Gardens of Eden, chronicles it all. “It has to do with a new lifestyle where people live in the country and [...]

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Daun Curry and the Art of the Interior

Daun Curry and the Art of the Interior

Interior designer Daun Curry takes her cues from her clients and the places in which they choose to live. So an architecture aficionado might find traces of Mies, Corb, Frank Lloyd Wright, or even Louise Nevelson sprinkled throughout his residence. Or a young couple with twin sons and a penchant for art might be pleased [...]

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