‘Leave’ – The New Engagement

Tasos zigzaged the bike through washed down rocks and I shut my eyes. When I opened them, a show had began. The white stones sparkled after the rain, the valley’s brightness was impossible. Greens jetted out of tortured walls, and gypsy women’s shining frocks swept the mud as they sat on white plastic chairs at crossroads, breastfeeding infants. We raised… Read More

Pappos in New York

After the ’08 meltdown, the city was pulled together, just like 9/11, against clear and present dangers: Wall St, Sandy, Dubya… There was rage. But my drug-fueled brain-fog saw the fury subsiding in slow motion. ‘Occupy’ fizzled before shaping into the anti-Tea party, Obama’s transparency platform bounced on NSA’s one-way mirror, much like the sun on the new glass condos… Read More

David Hockney: «Να θυμάσαι πως δεν μπορούν να καταργήσουν την άνοιξη»

BOOKPRESS. Στην κυρία Κλαρκ ο Χόκνεϊ αποδίδει στο πρόσωπό της, τη σκιά της Τζοκόντας. Για τον Χόκνεϊ η εναλλαγή φωτός και σκιάς στο πρόσωπο της Μόνα Λίζα είναι από τα στοιχεία που τον καθιστούν υποδειγματικό έργο τέχνης. Η σκιά είναι αυτή που φτιάχνει το αινιγματικό χαμόγελο της Τζοκόντας. «Ξεκίνησα τον χειμώνα να ζωγραφίζω αυτά τα δέντρα, τα οποία σιγά σιγά… Read More

An Affair With a Love Letter, ‘Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold’

KATHIMERINI. Writer Calvin Trillin said, “Among all the married couples I knew, they were the ones who were almost always together.” This was a Reagan-couple signature trait. Under the cautionary tale prism, and again ironically, Didion crossed swords with Nancy Reagan (someone portrayed as a distant and contentious mother by her daughter) when Didion described the Reagans’ abode in “The… Read More

First Class and Homeless: On the Rootless Life of the Boutique Hotel Set

To paraphrase Sigrid Rausing’s point in GRANTA, on the difference between the world as we see it and the world as it actually is, in hotel living perception becomes reality, the map is the territory. Or, at least, it was. When you live in hotels, you change. There are no rules. Or at least, fewer of them than we live by… Read More

Dear Reader – Alexander Chee-Curated Series of Letters

The first ten years of my life I moved around Greece and believed in ghosts. The line between the present and the legend was crossed daily. My aunts and grandmothers baked wheat for the dead, and placed food at cemeteries to nourish the spirits. They bought shoes for mummified saints who would wear them out and every year, at their… Read More

Peter Hujar: Ο Φωτογράφος Μιας Πόλης Που Φλέγεται

ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ ΤΗΣ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗΣ–ΝΕΑ ΥΟΡΚΗ–MORGAN LIBRARY. Ορισμένες εποχές είναι τόσο βαθιά ταραγμένες, που ο χρόνος είναι απόλυτα ταυτισμένος με τον χώρο: το Βερολίνο κατά τη δεκαετία του 1930, η Καλιφόρνια τη δεκαετία του ’60. Κάπως ανάλογα, από τα μέσα τις δεκαετίας του 1970 έως τις αρχές τις δεκαετίας του ’80 –με τη μάχη για πολιτικά δικαιώματα κερδισμένη και τη σεξουαλική απελευθέρωση… Read More

Greenwich Village Stories – A Collection of Memories

“I was part of the cocky Hermès-tie invasion of the West Village. At the peak of the dot-com craze, I moved to New York and leased a loft on Leroy Street at the Printing House, which was practically a frat house for Wall Streeters. My annual rent could buy a small condo in Texas, but the place was spacious. My… Read More

Post Parthenon, Βefore Mykonos: The Museum of Cycladic Art

The Museum of Cycladic Art has been an Athens touchstone for more than 30 years, but only recently has it become the kind of spot that art world insiders make a point of visiting—and, more often than not, Instagramming. The resurgence began in the spring of 2017, when the contemporary art fair Documenta, which usually takes place every five years… Read More