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Saddle up

If you build it, they will come. Two years ago, Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks did just that: They created a cool space for a cool community to stay overnight—not a particularly novel B&B concept, but perhaps for the location: an unassuming block in Williamsburg,… Read More

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Kick start

The hotel that Kickstarter (re)built. Owner Greg Hennes crowdfunded $107,000 to revive a rundown 1910 landmark at the base of the snowcapped Wallowa Mountains. Now, the Jennings Hotel boasts three design-rich rooms (and counting), like Room Two, a serene space suffused by loft light, downtown views… Read More

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Of a feather

                  A favorite stop in 2015: Ann Hamilton’s installation at SITE Sante Fe. Extinction in action: A room populated by ghostly animals, already memories. Coveting encouraged, images copied on newsprint pads, inviting rippage, each tear pushing the… Read More

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A Gateway

A Spanish explorer, standing on the edge of the vast badlands of northeastern Arizona, saw a landscape painted with the colors of the sunset (hence its enduring name The Painted Desert). But even a surrealist wouldn’t imagine this trippy expanse– striped and bumped and sprinkled… Read More

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Back in the saddle

  Weeks away from writing (while traveling in Italy) turned into a month-long lapse that grew into a summer gulf of guilt. No more excuses. Time to get back into the saddle with a fun frolic back in time to a swing set setup by… Read More

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Casting wide

        Though I missed his diaphanous rooms, I did see Do Hu Suh’s Net-Work at Laguna Gloria, the Contemporary Austin’s magical sculpture garden. It was a fickle morning with sun and clouds vying for attention (and the outcome of this convertible shell).… Read More

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Happy birthday

                  To me. Yesterday, I celebrated my birthday in a wonderland with a wonderful friend. A West Texas mirage made real in the details: the art film, immaculate and tragic; the flawless bookstore with tabletop stacks; the… Read More

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Continental cookout

With my grill in hibernation and sodden snow outside, I’m dreaming of fêtes over fires, roasting sticks and beer koozies in hand. Unlike me, Londoners can act on such imaginings at The Art of Dining’s latest themed pop-up restaurant: Gone Camping. The Continental-kumbaya concept, conceived… Read More

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Bright idea

This is not a love song. This is not a romanticization, nor is it a celebration. This is, instead, a reenactment of sorts, a restaging of aesthetic ambiguity where one sculpture frames another. In the 1950s, French sculptor André Bloc designed a habitable brick sculpture,… Read More

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Everything but

                    A chartreuse simulacrum of a bathroom. And a bedroom and a staircase. For years, Korean artist Do Ho Suh has been sculpting every aspect of his NYC apartment and studio (a former sailors’ dorm in… Read More