BERLIN — Police say a heated clash between left-wing and right-wing groups at the Frankfurt Book Fair has resulted in three arrests. Frankfurt police said the confrontation happened late Saturday at an event organized by German ‘new right’ publishing company Antaois involved about 400 people. Police said Sunday that three people were temporarily detained, but didn’t specify to which group they belonged. They urged witnesses to come forward. A spokeswoman for annual book fair denied reports of a brawl, but said there had been “unpleasant comments” from right-wing activists. Book Fair spokeswoman Katja Boehne says organizers haven’t decided what steps to take to prevent such incidents in future. Antaois is considered part of the intellectual vanguard of nationalist movements in German-speaking countries. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Germans clash at ‘new right’ publisher’s book fair event
Photo An installation view of Ruth Asawa’s wire-woven openwork sculptures at David Zwirner. Credit Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio, David Zwirner, New York Ruth AsawaThrough Oct. 21. David Zwirner, 537 West 20th Street, Manhattan; davidzwirner.com.Filled with some two dozen wire-woven openwork sculptures by Ruth Asawa, the big second-floor gallery at David Zwirner’s West 20th Street space in Chelsea looks like a basketry forest, or a subaqueous garden, or a cloud of microbial life. The sight is one of the enchantments of the New York fall season.Asawa was born to Japanese immigrant parents in rural California in 1926, and grew up working on her father’s farm. (She died in 2013.) On her one day off, Saturday, she went to Japanese school and learned calligraphy, and loved the challenge of having to “work so this round … [Read more...] about What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week
The New York Times Building. (Brendan McDermi/Reuters) In reviewing Vanessa Grigoriadis‘s new book on campus sexual assault, Michelle Goldberg credits the author for some fine reporting. “Her kaleidoscopic tour through the campus sexual assault controversy, which begins and ends with Sulkowicz, introduces readers to rape victims-turned-activists, faux-worldly sorority sisters, young men who say their lives were destroyed by false accusations and the college administrators struggling to enforce rapidly changing rules and norms,” writes Goldberg about the book, “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus.” Sources open up to the author, credits Goldberg, who has been signed as a progressive op-ed contributor at the New York Times. The book, however, bungles certain important things, according to the review. It’s “too sloppy with the facts to succeed”; it contains occasional “baffling errors that threaten to … [Read more...] about New York Times publishes eye-popping correction on campus-sexual-assault book review
NEW YORK — Shortly after I met him, the curator of a group show opening in Manhattan sat beside me on the floor of a studio in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. I reached over and petted his fur, and he licked my hand. The curator’s name was Rocky. He’s a Morkshire terrier with final approval over the artworks in Dogumenta, which caters to the sensibilities of a previously underserved demographic: dogs. “I met him on Monday, and on Tuesday I asked him to come home with me,” Rocky’s owner, art critic Jessica Dawson (who freelanced for The Washington Post for over a decade) says in explaining her relationship with the curator. Dawson found Rocky at a SoHo animal shelter not long after she moved to New York several years ago, and as a pair, they have navigated the city’s at times overwhelming gallery scene. Named after Documenta, a prestigious art exhibition in its 14th edition in Kassell, Germany, Dogumenta is the first U.S. exhibition … [Read more...] about In New York, modern art is going to the dogs
NEW YORK (AP) - An affluent county north of New York City is "engaging in total obstructionism" after promising to build affordable housing eight years ago that can be marketed to nonwhites, a federal appeals panel said Friday. The three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected an appeal by lawyers for Westchester County, an area of nearly a million people that has some of the wealthiest communities in the nation. A lower court had found in July and May 2016 that Westchester violated a consent decree reached in 2009 with the Department of Justice. The 2nd Circuit noted that the county had appealed seven times in response to a judge's "ongoing effort to ensure the county's compliance with its obligations under the consent decree." "All of these appeals have been rejected, and it is apparent the county is engaging in total obstructionism," the appeals court said. "The county would be well-advised to stop making excuses and to complete its obligations … [Read more...] about Court: Affluent New York county making fair housing excuses
The story of the New England Mobile Book Fair may have a happy ending after all. One day after saying financial pressures are forcing him to move the bookstore out of its longtime home in Newton Highlands, owner Tom Lyons said he’s being wooed by city officials in neighboring towns who want him to relocate there. Advertisement “I’ve heard from everybody,” said Lyons, who bought New England Mobile Book Fair five years ago but has since seen sales drop because of online retailers and changes in the publishing industry. “I’m getting calls from people who have space that they want me to look at. It’s gratifying there’s that kind of support.” The unusual store, a 32,000-square-foot warehouse space on Needham Street, has been cherished by book lovers for more than 50 years. With its vast collection of children’s books, fiction, and just about anything else you can think of, the store has managed to succeed in the age of Amazon … [Read more...] about New England Mobile Book Fair owner mulling options
New England Mobile Book Fair is a special place, a vast repository of volumes, more than a million in all. But the book business being what it is in the age of Amazon.com — i.e., not very good — time has come for New England Mobile Book Fair to make a change, and fast. Owner Tom Lyons, who bought the much-loved literary landmark in Newton Highlands five years ago, says he’s looking to move out of the sprawling space on Needham Street as soon as possible — the lease is up at the end of the month — and into something significantly smaller. Advertisement Lyons told us he’s looking to radically downsize the store, moving inventory out of the current 32,000-square-foot space and into a space a fraction that size, perhaps 4,000 square feet. “Revenues have been dropping year after year, and we’ve got to do something,” said Lyons, who had 36 employees when he bought the place and has 22 now. “With one or two exceptions, large … [Read more...] about With revenues down, New England Mobile Book Fair moving out of longtime home
When the LA Art Book Fair landed at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s branch in Little Tokyo in 2013, staff at the museum told organizers to expect 5,000 people over the course of the three-day event. “Well, we got 5,000 people on opening night,” says curator Shannon Cane, who oversees the Los Angeles fair, along with its more established East Coast sibling, the New York Art Book Fair, which are organized by the arts nonprofit Printed Matter. “It was a crazy thing we just didn’t expect.” Fast forward five years and the LA Art Book Fair is bigger than ever. The fair, which kicks off with a special preview bash on Thursday evening at MOCA’s Geffen branch, is expected to draw anywhere from 35,000 to 40,000 attendees to peruse the offerings from 350 exhibitors from 30 countries, including Japan, Mexico and Spain. On display will be the wide range of books that make up art books: sleek monographs, weighty art historical tomes and handmade artist … [Read more...] about Artist tattoos, ‘Teen Angels’ and writers in performance: 8 things to see at the 2017 L.A. Art Book Fair
Getty Images Well this makes it official: Cindy Crawford's style just keeps getting better with time. At 49 years old, the veteran supermodel is just as well-dressed—and ageless—as ever. And if you need proof, look no further than her New York City book tour wardrobe. While promoting her new memoir, Becoming, the iconic model whipped out four separate looks for various interviews and appearances around the Big Apple. And to kick things off, she made her way to a taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers in a form-fitting black Michael Kors design with a geometric, sequined neckline. From head to toe, this look was nothing short of perfectly polished and oh-so-sexy. PHOTOS: More of Cindy Crawford's best looks Fast forward, and Cindy yet again created a jaw-dropping look with a plunging navy jumpsuit with bishop sleeves and subtle metallic detail. Then she ditched dark colors all together for a vibrant blood orange A.L.C. sheath dress paired with nude pointed-toe pumps. For … [Read more...] about Cindy Crawford Proves She’s Still Got It, Works 4 Flawless Outfits During New York City Book Tour—Vote for Your Fave!
Nothing still stands of the former American Folk Art Museum in New York City, a gem of a building designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. It was razed in 2014 by the Museum of Modern Art, its neighbor, which is forever expanding on W. 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The building’s destruction led to a great deal of wailing in the architectural community, in part because MoMA, a museum charged with enhancing the public’s understanding of architecture, was the party responsible for its destruction, and also because the architects designing MoMA’s expansion, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, did not stick up for their colleagues’ work. Around the time that the news of this demolition was first unfolding, in 2013, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, a contemporary art and architecture institution in SoHo, was hosting an unusual competition—a ”Competition of Competitions”, as they called it, geared at rewiring the … [Read more...] about A New York Art Gallery Asks: What Would You Demolish?