From Issue 8

The Season Finale

by Kyle Chayka

“What to make, then, of the new Four Seasons, scrubbed clean after a $33 million renovation and rechristened as two separate restaurants, The Grill and The Pool? I started a recent evening there in the Pool, where a new bar has been carved out of a former private room and a captain in a dramatic white Tom Ford dinner jacket clucked over its few guests. The post-restoration vibe here is decidedly Seaworld.”

The Old Curiosity Shop

by Lauren Elkin

“In my first Paris years, I kept noticing a particular kind of French store that seemed to thrive on selling tchotchkes: salad servers with manga characters on them, sponge-holders shaped like beagles. Colette is a more upscale version of these shops — and, in its commitment to selling people cutesy bits of ephemera they don’t need, Colette belongs to the great French tradition of the magasin de nouveautés.”

Within a Budding Grove

by Emil Leth Meilvang

“The direct integration of scientists in a museum can’t avert the fact that uncritical appraisal of biology, physics, and newer disciplines depends on a major cultural asymmetry. After all, we in the art world can get away with a hazy understanding of gene splicing or geoengineering — but can you imagine how quickly our doors would slam shut if a scientist thought she could curate a biennial or rehang a collection?”

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From Issue 8

No Enemies

Nothing was the same after June 4, 1989, when the Chinese army opened fire on its own people. As the Guggenheim unveils America’s most ambitious show yet of contemporary Chinese art, a question looms over New York as much as Beijing: when the system goes haywire, what’s the right thing to do?
Jacob Dreyer, in Even no. 8, reintroduces us to four lives remade in Tiananmen Square: Liu Xiaobo, Ai Weiwei, Mo Yan, and Xu Bing. And he maps four ways art can dance between the state and the people.

An interview from issue 8

Liz Glynn

“The Getty Villa is paradise, but it’s also utterly fake. When I came to California, none of the materials that I would find on the side of the road were anything but garbage, really. Performance became a way to invest those objects with a history.”

From Issue 8

Scandal Sheet

“Turkey has always had a particular problem with free speech, one that I found bewildering when I first moved here in 2007,” writes Suzy Hansen from Istanbul. The country imprisons more journalists than anywhere on earth, and limits on newspapers have only got stricter after the attempted coup of July 2016.
Now the staff of the leading newspaper Cumhuriyet, including its star investigative reporter Ahmet Şık, are facing trial. As Hansen writes, “What is much more surprising than the fact that men like Ahmet Şık are in jail is that men like Ahmet Şık ever existed.”

From the archive

Kissed by Magic

Last summer in Los Angeles the house of Thomas Mann came on the market — as a $15 million tear-down. Ben Eastham called his broker, whose interests ran more to verandas than Vergangenheitsbewältigung.
“I was finally disabused of the idea that the spirit of an artist leaves an indelible stamp upon the place of his work when the realtor encouraged me to renovate the rooftop terrace overlooking the swimming pool beside which Mann wrote Doctor Faustus. It would make, he suggested, a spectacular outdoor gym.”


The art of Li Ran: image of the people