Budapest Drama Festival is a Knockout

– Enter New Hungarian Dramatists Stage Left, Right and Politically Centered By Rory Winston ‘As shameful as it seems, artists working in a totalitarian dictatorship are often envied by those who work in freedom’, Tom Stoppard related at a conference in the mid-eighties while discussing his recent translation of a Václav Havel play. There was…

The Pageantry of Promise

By Rory Winston Expert Guests: Susan Rosenberg & Gabriella Kelen “It’s waltz time once again,” sing the voices onstage as András Deák conducts an excerpt from Merry Widow in this year’s Salute To Vienna at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Sitting next to me: my very own pair of ‘Wary Widows’ (sic) – two Jewish…

Royal Painter: Abdullah Qandeel

By Nathaniel Goehring Kanye West, Adrian Grenier, and business luminaries including real estate mogul David Perry are all collectors of Saudi Arabian artist Abdullah Qandeel’s work. He has also attracted the most powerful clientele in the Middle East, from billionaire Saudi princes and Malaysian entrepreneurs to restaurant and retail tycoons. “I’ve always felt everything was…

The Week of Excess at Art Basel Miami

By Stephen Stuart In its 13th year, Art Basel Miami it’s not just about the art anymore. When jetsetters, celebrities, billionaires, art collectors and artists congregate in a city for a week where billions of dollars exchange hands, the sponsors ensue with a dizzying array of lavish parties, openings, and fetes- each one more lavish than…

Bentley Meeker Let There Be Light

By Isaiah Negron Art critics call him a visionary. With shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art and edgy downtown galleries like Gallery nine5, lighting artist Bentley Meeker has garnered wide acclaim for his unparalleled ability to use light as a means to convert physical spaces into illuminating works of art. “Light is the…

In Bed with Pop

By Stephen Stuart As the mellifluous voice of Ariana DiLorenzo nonchalantly scampers across the unmistakably jagged line “Just because I’m in your bed doesn’t mean I’m yours”, one suspects that the identity of the culprit being addressed could as easily have been all of pop music as the lover alluded to in the song. After all,…

THE BOOK OF ZEV

FOILING PLOTS TO BLOW UP THE UN & ISRAEL GIVE A TIMELY TWIST TO POLITICAL THRILLER, THE BOOK OF ZEV     “How do you go from being a simple traffic engineer to the puppet for a gang of religious zealots running the country – and possibly one of the most evil men in the…