A Monthly Culture Matrix For the Cosmopolitan Traveler

What to do, and where and when to do it

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(For instance December, Picasso, Paris)




Nicolas Moufarrege, Title Unknown, 1984.

Larger Than Life This month, a number of exhibitions pay tribute to those artists that died too young

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"Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World" will be on view at the Fondation Louis Vuitton through February 24, 2020.

A Guide to FIAC and Beyond

This week, the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) opens in Paris on Thursday, October 17. Read On

Combination Sallet and Bevor of Maximilian I. German (Augsburg), ca. 1495. "The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I" is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through January 5, 2020.

Iron Ladies

One could do an entire exhibition on the relationship between contemporary women’s fashion and the medieval coat of armor. Juxtapose a Thierry Mugler metal catsuit (sexy robot chic) with the battle gear of a knight. Read On


Image from The Polaroid Project, published by University of California Press to accompany "The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology," an exhibition opening at the M.I.T. Museum on October 10.

In a Flash

Introduced in 1947, the Polaroid camera delivered push-button ease and instant gratification. Hold, frame, squeeze, and, ssszzzzttt, out the film slid, as if the camera were sticking out its tongue. Then the neat part: the image would slowly rise to life in the frame, as if surfacing from a milky void. Chemical magic! Read On


The Enigma M1070. "Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cybersecurity" is on view at London's Science Museum through February 23, 2020.

The Secret’s Out

On January 7, 1961, a Canadian couple named Helen and Peter Kroger, owners of an antique bookshop in London, were arrested by British Secret Services at their bungalow in Ruislip, a sleepy suburb on the northwest edge of the city. They were part of Cold War Britain’s most infamous spy ring, passing secrets about the Royal Navy’s latest underwater weapons to the Soviets in Moscow. Read On


Soho on Camera



A $450 Million Snub

I first saw the Salvator Mundi on April 27, 2005. A longtime friend, an art historian and dealer in Italian Old Master paintings, brought it to the apartment I shared with my husband, Mario Modestini. He had just received it from a New Orleans auction house and was hoping that I would agree to restore it. As is now well known, the Salvator Mundi was later recognized as a lost work by Leonardo da Vinci, and in 2017 it became the most expensive painting ever sold, bringing in $450.3 million at auction at Christie’s. READ ON


Zwirner Takes Paris

On October 16, David Zwirner will open a Paris gallery, his sixth. (He just cut the ribbon on a Hong Kong space last year, and already operates three in New York and one in London.) Brexit is no doubt central to Zwirner’s Paris play, although at first he downplayed the political reasons behind opening the space, located in the Marais, at 108 Rue Vieille du Temple, where the French gallerist Yvon Lambert once set up shop. READ ON


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