Helen Toomer Talks Directing and Collecting

Helen Toomer, director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, is sitting at the kitchen table of her Williamsburg apartment next to a stack of floor plans. “There’s something comforting about the parameters of the physical space,” she says, thumbing the papers. PULSE New York is less than a month away and

12 Artists Who Do BDSM Better Than 50 Shades of Grey

Whether you've read the book, seen the movie, or are just trying to ignore it all, it's impossible to deny that 50 Shades of Grey is everywhere. Sam Taylor-Johnson's sexual thriller, based on the bestselling book by E. L. James, has made bondage mainstream, well sort of, much to the chagrin of both the

John Currin Takes Over Gagosian in Los Angeles for the Oscars

Los Angeles certainly knows how to throw a party. But never is it more obvious than in the week leading up to the Academy Awards, when its party-throwing prowess is on full display. There are soirées by Vanity Fair, the Weinstein Company, and Bulgari—one can easily find herself invited to four or

Dissecting The London Postwar Sales

The postwar and contemporary evening sales in London this month brought in more than £240 million (about $370 million) in total sales for Sotheby’s and Christie’s—a banner year for the annual auctions. Today we slice into the numbers to see how the big two achieved those results. As the graph above shows, almost

Photographer Develops 31 Lost Film Rolls Taken by World War II Soldier

Photographer Levi Bettwieser has an unusual passion: he hunts down and develops old film rolls left inside vintage cameras or forgotten by their owners in the backs of musty drawers. He sees himself as “rescuing” the images from oblivion. “I believe if we weren’t actually searching for and finding these

The New Museum Triennial Offers a Dazzling and Dystopian Vision of the Future

The figure is back. This, according to New Museum's Triennial “Surround Audience," which offers a near-deafening obsession with the self, is its main thesis. Curated by Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin, the exhibition takes a look at how technology affects us, a focus that mercifully puts a plug in