Koons holding a gazing ball aloft in his studio alongside several sculptures destined for his show at David Zwirner. Photo: Martin Schoeller/New York Magazine Honk Honk Honk! Honk! Jeff Koons’s 5-year-old son, Eric, is blowing a yellow plastic toy horn in his face, and the preternaturally unruffled artist is, for a human second, irritated. “Stop,” says Koons. “No blowing the horn.” “It’s mine,” Eric says. “It’s not yours,” Koons says. “It’s Dad’s.” Then he deftly takes it from Eric, handing it off to one of the children’s caretakers. We are standing in the middle of Koons’s quarter-city-block West Chelsea studio complex with the six children he has with his wife, Justine, who worked here before she married him; their nannies; and his extremely nice assistants, who exude an almost midwestern courteousness. I’m in the capital of the Koons empire, an earnest and … [Read more...] about Jeff Koons Is the Most Successful American Artist Since Warhol. So What’s the Art World Got Against Him?
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Uzbekistan – a country that was barely on the tourist map until recently – has come into focus. When I tell people I have been there, it seems everyone knows someone who was bowled over by it. Uzbekistan takes hold of the imagination and does not let go. Tour operators say there has been a huge surge of interest in the country since the Arab Spring, that it has been seen as an alternative to countries such as Libya and Syria. Cox & Kings saw a 163% increase in passengers travelling to Uzbekistan in 2012 over 2011, and reports a 30% increase in bookings for its 2013 group trip. Uzbekistan has the extra pull of being about as far from the familiar as it is possible to go: an unknown, exotic, fabled destination. My head is full of it: the astounding mosques, the toothsome bread and the smiling faces with gold-capped teeth. Yet when people ask what Uzbekistan is like, the truthful answer is: I don't know where to start. I have spent a week in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara … [Read more...] about Golden smiles on the road to Uzbekistan
The following apology was published in the Observer's For the record column, Sunday March 16 2008 The article below said 'Psychodwarf' was Beppe Grillo's nickname for 'Mario Mastella, leader of the Popular-UDEUR centre-right party', but it's actually his nickname for Silvio Berlusconi. Mastella's first name is Clemente and Popular-UDEUR was part of Romano Prodi's centre-left coalition. And Peter Rojas, not Ryan Block, founded Engadget and co-founded Gizmodo. Apologies. 1. The Huffington Post The history of political blogging might usefully be divided into the periods pre- and post-Huffington. Before the millionaire socialite Arianna Huffington decided to get in on the act, bloggers operated in a spirit of underdog solidarity. They hated the mainstream media - and the feeling was mutual. Bloggers saw themselves as gadflies, pricking the arrogance of established elites from their home computers, in their pyjamas, late into the night. So when, in 2005, Huffington decided to mobilise her … [Read more...] about The world’s 50 most powerful blogs
Contrary to the popular belief that the Beatles' 1968 trip to Rishikesh set in motion their eventual fallout, it in fact delayed the split till 1970. The trip was photographed by Paul Saltzman, who is marking its 50th anniversary with the release of the book The Beatles in India. John Lennon and Paul McCartney.The Beatles wrote around 48 songs during their seven-week stay at the Chaurasi Kutia Ashram of Mahesh Yogi in Uttarakhand, now known as the Beatles Ashram. Among them were Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Back In The USSR and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.Photograph: Courtesy Paul Saltzman via The Beatles In India/Simon and Schuster. In February 1968, The Beatles -- John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney -- travelled to Rishikesh in what is now Uttarakhand to learn transcendental meditation at the Chaurasi Kutia Ashram of Mahesh Yogi. Contrary to the popular belief that it was this trip that set in motion the British rock band's eventual fallout, it was in fact that visit … [Read more...] about 50 years on, stunning unseen pictures of the Beatles in India!
Will McGrew has seen the economic power of a heritage language in places like the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick.There, French helps to support a robust economy. Here, McGrew, who founded a media start-up called Télé-Louisiane, the state’s first multimedia platform that produces and distributes audio, visual and other media content focused on Louisiana French and Creole, sees the same potential in Louisiana with the state’s own heritage languages.On behalf of Télé-Louisiane, he traveled to Canada in August to attend an entrepreneurial training where he also participated in the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2019 and met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup. Error! There was an error processing your request. Now that he has returned to Louisiana, he sees so much potential. “There are all of these new jobs that could be created by speaking the … [Read more...] about After the Congrès Mondial, Acadiana leaders realize it’s not just about preserving French in Louisiana. It’s also about connecting to the world’s economy