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April 17, 2017 Issue

Cover Story

Kara Walker After Subtlety

The public artist of our time ponders her next big statement. By Doreen St. Félix On the Cover: Kara Walker. Photograph by Ari Marcopoulos for New York Magazine.

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Features

My Life As a Failed Artist

A critic confronts his old work, decades after abandoning it. Plus, Jerry reviews his own early work. By Jerry Saltz

What Broke the Met?

Believe it or not, part of the problem was the gift shop. By Boris Kachka

She Came From Instagram

Food-obsessed artist Chloe Wise and her mixed-up relationship with ubiquity. By Jessica Pressler

Is Political Art the Only Art That Matters Now?

The art world does battle with Trump. And itself. Plus, what makes protest art successful? By Carl Swanson

Intelligencer

The National Interest

Reagan manipulated television. Trump is controlled by it.

Encounter

Girls actor Andrew Rannells, who would rather not be a poster boy for anything

Urbanities

The more metropolitan liberals resist, protest, and strike, the more foreign they will become to the rest of the country

Reread: February 19, 1973

Living in a loft is so ubiquitous now that it’s easy to forget that it had to be invented, and the place where it was invented was downtown New York.

The Cut

How Has One Designer Spent Decades Defining the Avant-Garde?

Rei Kawakubo’s constant quest for the new at Comme des Garçons.

Strategist

Best Bets

Bushwick’s new beauty bar, tables with animal feet, and miniaturized cities.

Look Book

The tri-city-based artist who always wears a hat and scarf.

The Restaurant Review

4 Charles Prime Rib is a hidden supper club for deep-pocketed carnivores.

The Dish

From Sabrett hot-dog cart to star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s menu, the abcV recipe replaces round white cabbage with its frilly Savoy cousin.

Eggs on a Roll

In the midst of a fancy-egg-sandwich frenzy, here are eight excellent tributes.

Design: Craftsman in Paradise

A gallerist and an artist turned this Miami cottage into a guacamole-colored playground for their family of four.

Design: Two Artists Came to the City

With a $40 sofa, Zsa Zsa Gabor’s chest, and many cans of paint, Peter Schlesinger and Eric Boman have been remaking their home for the past 40 years.

Design: Bushwick Underground

A trip into Whitney Biennial artist Raúl de Nieve’s bead-strewn basement studio.

Design: Neon by the Sea

David Adjaye turned a garish Montauk spec house into a soothing, all-wood space where Adam Lindemann’s art collection takes pride of place.

Culture

The Master

I. M. Pei, just days from his 100th birthday.

Get Serious

John Ridley is among Holly­wood’s best writers on race.

Andrea Martin’s Big Break

The funniest woman alive is a new sitcom star at 70.

The Robert Pattinson Career-Makeover Playbook

From teen idol to legit actor in seven easy steps.

Everything You Think You Know About Kathryn Hahn Is Wrong

Her role in the Amazon series I Love Dick has finally given the Yale Drama graduate a moment to, in her words, “feel fearless.”

What the Hair on Legion Really Means

How the Marvel Universe finally mastered style.

The Movie Review

One Week and a Day is a squirm comedy about grieving.

The Movie Review

British director Ben Wheatley's Free Fire is meant to be a nihilist joke.

The Theater Review

War Paint is less than the sum of its parts.

To Do: April 19–May 3, 2017

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.

Departments

Comments: Week of April 17, 2017

Readers sound off on Kirsten Gillibrand, President Trump, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 17, 2017

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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