Amid the miasma of art fairs and museum-quality gallery exhibitions that engulfed New York City last week, one transaction stood out: Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles purchased Derek Fordjour’s Top-Ten ALLSTARS (2019)—a single work consisting of 10 boldly colorful portraits—for $200,000 from the Night Gallery booth at Frieze New York.
This is an excerpt from “Everything in Its Place,” a posthumous collection of writings by Dr. Sacks.
As a writer, I find gardens essential to the creative process; as a physician, I take my patients to gardens whenever possible. All of us have had the experience of wandering through a lush garden or a timeless desert, walking by a river or an ocean, or climbing a mountain and finding ourselves simultaneously calmed and reinvigorated, engaged in mind, refreshed in body and spirit. The importance of these physiological states on individual and community health is fundamental and wide-ranging. In 40 years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical “therapy” to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens.
Chicago-raised photographer John Simmons, who almost lost his entire archive in a fire, seamlessly connects decades, cities, and diasporas.
Nadine Faraj’s technique, which is to work wet-in-wet with watercolors on paper, evokes the misty arcs of pleasure and the deep, deep depths of hunger that the sexual act taps.
Often compared to the work of Hilma af Klint, dozens of rarely-seen drawings by the late Swiss healer and Spiritualist Emma Kunz are on view at the Serpentine Gallery.
“Whether they were experimenting with floating sculptures, investigating war zones, or pushing painting forward in bold new directions, artists in 2018 made exciting and eclectic contributions to the world.”