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RASHID JOHNSON SEPT. 8, HAUSER & WIRTH Johnson brings a beautiful brutality to materials; a hatchet man’s sense of cutting to the core of what he’s after. Paintings, performance, drawing, and sculpture will be featured in this gigantic show. If Joh
DIED Amy Krouse Rosenthal, prolific children’s-book author and short-film maker, at 51. In early March, Rosenthal penned an emotional New York Times Modern Love column about life after her imminent death, titled “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”
THESE ARE UNREHEARSED comments,” David Salle warns me, or maybe himself, as we pause in front of one of his paintings, Fooling With Your Hair, from 31 years ago. We’re walking through a show of his early work, along with that of two contemporaries an
S.B. Like many of his novels, Spanish author Javier Marías’ new book, Thus Bad Begins, isn’t exactly a mystery, though it is mysterious. Here, the 65-year-old perennial Nobel favorite tells the story of Juan de Vere, a young man working for a film d
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
SARAH BEGLEY CERTAIN BOOKS LEAVE READERS FEELING THEY KNOW EVERY MINUTE detail of a character’s inner life, as if they were lifelong companions and daily confidants. Paul Auster’s massive new novel, 4 3 2 1, is such a book. The concept behind the 8
AGAINST EVERYTHING: ESSAYS SEPT. 6, BY MARK GREIF Following on the heels of last year’s ambitious, if somewhat clunkily titled The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933–1973, Grief’s new book collects more than a decade’s w
SARAH BEGLEY THE MURDER OF AISLINN MURRAY LOOKS LIKE A BIG OPPORTUNITY for Detective Antoinette Conway. She usually covers domestic disputes turned fatal, with clear perpetrators. This one is different. The victim in Tana French’s new novel, The Tre
That is how 31-year-old interior designer Brock Forsblom describes his new West Village rental.
SARAH BEGLEY TWO MYSTERIES ARE AT THE HEART of Hideo Yokoyama’s Six Four: the 14-year-old cold case of a young girl’s murder and the recent disappearance of protagonist Yoshinobu Mikami’s teenage daughter. Yet most of the suspense in this thriller h
MOST DIVISIVE A Life’s Work (2001) Cusk’s elegy for her pre-motherhood self infuriates mothers and critics alike. “This isn’t what it’s like to have a baby; it’s what it’s like for a depressed and melodramatic novelist to have a baby.” (THE SUNDAY
It'll help to brush up on your Impressionists before seeing writer-director Danièle Thompson's decades-spanning portrait of Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne, but the film deftly avoids biopic clichés.
There’s something about spring and monsters. It was in the spring when John Utterson broke down a cellar door to discover the murderous Mr. Hyde; when Victor Frankenstein saw his own creation fleeting through the woods outside of Geneva; and when Jon
KIRSTEN SALYER THE BOOKS WE READ WHEN WE’RE young have a special sort of power: they can inspire us to be brave and resilient (Matilda by Roald Dahl), take us on thrilling adventures (Divergent by Veronica Roth) and even introduce us to tragedy (The
B.K. PREHISTORY TO 500 BCE: The Creation Story (the Hebrew Bible, Sumerian tablets). How we first started to explain the world, relying mostly on supernatural explanations. 2100–400 BCE: The Epic Poem (the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad). Episodic nar
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is as much a doorstopper as any young adult fantasy novel, but the world it builds is inside the head of teenaged Sal, who's struggling with difficult new emotions.
The Broadway revival of the Sondheim musical, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is a glorious tribute to the process of making art.
Richard Lacayo KERRY JAMES MARSHALL In works invested with a kind of madcap virtuosity, Marshall, 60, brings African-American lives vividly into the discourses of art history. One of the many things that make his paintings so smart is that Marshall
The artist’s portraits of neighbors, icons, and strangers show a keen and democratic attention to detail.
Visual artist Julian Opie hopes to be part of a powerful market with a growing interest in Western artists.
THERE ARE A LOT OF FIRSTS AT THIS year’s Whitney Biennial, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s survey of contemporary art in the U.S. every two years. It’s the first Biennial at the museum’s new downtown New York City location, the capacious Renzo P
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