Heading to the East End anytime soon? If so, are you excited? Or intimidated? Or perhaps a bit of both? People speak of the iconic summer playground of the New York elite – “the Hamptons” – as if it were one destination with one vibe. But dear reader, that’s just not so.
The contemporary art world moves at a dizzying pace, and every now and then it’s a luxury to slow down and reflect on one of the most important collections in the world. On the occasion of its 80th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum in New York is doing just that with “Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim,” an exhibition of 170 works from its permanent collection, many of which are rarely on view.
When I first read “Bonfire of the Vanities” in the late 1980’s, the book’s protagonist, the bond trading Master of the Universe Sherman McCoy, struck me as very wealthy, a huge Wall Street success. I recently dipped back in to “Bonfire of the Vanities” as I was curious to measure Sherman’s financial success, circa 1987, against our current 2017 standards of what it means to be rich––our age of the TV show “Billions”, the Kardashians and the Trumps, and multi-million dollar birthday parties.
Try this quick quiz: If your child could only be one of the following, which would you choose: (a) Rich(b) Smart (c) Happy (d) Good Many of you may have seen this classic question — it’s really more thought experiment than quiz — but if you haven’t, take a moment and reflect.
Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival, and hereafter to be referred to as CNY) officially begins this year on January 28 and continues until February 2. It’s high time to finalize your plans for a luxurious celebration to mark the start of the new lunar year.