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April 18, 2016 Issue

Cover Story

In Conversation: James Franco

The artist speaks back to his critic. By Jerry Saltz
On the Cover: James Franco. Photograph by Maxine Helfman for New York Magazine.

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Is Richard Prince the Andy Warhol of Instagram?

He always wanted to be the coolest artist in the world. And if that meant fighting a bunch of lawsuits, so be it. By Carl Swanson

It Was the Most Reviled Show in Museum History, and the One That Most Changed Art

What 2016 owes to 1993. By Jerry Saltz

The Blackest Black

Is it possible to own a color (or the absence of one)? By Benjamin Wallace

What Exactly Makes This Worth That

Five lessons from a frothy market. By Amy Cappellazzo, as told to Andrew Rice



What Megyn Kelly’s meeting with Donald Trump says about the future of Fox News.

171 Minutes With David Hockney

Talking about mass appeal, virtual reality, and lost Bohemia.

The Dark Side of Night Light

LEDs are altering the city’s evening hue, for better and for worse.

The Urbanist: Boston

The city’s blah nightlife history, its thriving day-dance scene, and how it’s currently trying to sidestep draconian rules.

Reread: April 29, 1968

The Diane Arbus photo that almost killed New York Magazine.

The Cut

11 Artists

Poised to break out, in clothes to match.


Best Bets

A spinning studio, artist tote bags, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

The art-world fixtures who lunch at The Four Seasons.

The Restaurant Review

Pasquale Jones brings something fresh to the dining landscape.

Restaurant Opening

A first look at Foster Sundry's new sandwich menu.

Restaurant Opening

First look at Barano, the Williamsburg restaurant from Rubirosa’s former chef.

Restaurant Opening

Noma co-founder Claus Meyer's Agern opens next week at Grand Central Terminal.

Trendlet: Fried Dough

Even splashy New York restaurants, like Covina, Nix, and Agern, can't resist its appeal.

Spring Design: Art Houses

Inside the homes of Vito Schnabel and Adelaide de Menil, a Pesce-heavy apartment, and Alba Clemente’s theater for her clothes.


No More Superdirectors

What the comic-book boom means for megastudio auteurism.

The Beach Girl Behind the Beach Boys

Carol Kaye: Brian Wilson’s secret weapon.

Tom Hiddleston Is More Than the Internet’s Boyfriend

He also happens to be a very good actor.

The TV Review

The Girlfriend Experience is one of the best shows of the year.

The Theater Review

The Father’s Frank Langella is at a peak as a proud man in humbling decline.

The Movie Review

Elvis & Nixon recounts the White House’s weirdest meeting ever.

To Do: April 20–May 4, 2016

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


Comments: Week of April 18, 2016

Readers sound off on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Etsy, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 18, 2016

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

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