For Grand Central's 100th anniversary, New York Times reporter Sam Roberts offers an illustrated history of the celebrated Manhattan transit hub, including amusing stories, insider information about movies filmed there and hidden passageways.
David Esterly traces his path to becoming a forefront practitioner of Baroque artist Grinling Gibbons' forgotten woodcarving technique, including the year he spent re-creating a Gibbons piece that had been lost in a fire at the Hampton Court Palace outside London.
Mark Binelli grew up in a Detroit suburb in the 1970s. The city used to embody the American dream — the auto industry, consumer culture, Motown — but the Detroit he knew was a study in decline. When Binelli was offered a magazine assignment to write about the Detroit auto show in January 2009, he jumped on it. But he didn't stop there. He moved back to his hometown to chronicle the city, tracing Detroit's demise and recovery efforts while evaluating plans to transform it into a viable, desegregated and economically diverse post-industrial region.
Assesses the influence of Zen Buddhism on the work of composer John Cage, exploring the ways in which Zen transformed Cage's troubled psyche, his relationship with partner Merce Cunningham, and his often indefinable music.
Instant tells the remarkable tale of Edwin Land's invention of the Polaroid camera, from the first instant camera to hit the market in 1948, to its meteoric rise in popularity, to the company's dramatic decline into bankruptcy in the late '90s and its unlikely resurrection in the digital age.
In Blown Covers, Françoise Mouly — The New Yorker's art editor since 1993 — explains how she selects each issue's topical, iconic cover image and gives readers a glimpse at some of the juicier images that didn't make the cut.
A collection of posts from illustrator and designer Christoph Niemann's visual blog for The New York Times. Niemann turns mundane experiences such as riding the subway or trying to get a good night's sleep into flights of visual fancy.
A full-length biography of a leading painter of the Italian High Renaissance takes into account recent historical art research and scholarship and examines all contemporary accounts of Titian's life and work, attempting to explain the evolution of his complex methods.
An influential creative director of American Vogue magazine traces her decades in the fashion industry, recounting her early years as a model under the tutelage of Norman Parkinson, unexpected rise to fame and associations with numerous fashion luminaries, including a young Wintour.