Jean Nouvel’s Surprising National Museum of Qatar

The National Museum of Qatar opened its doors to the public on 28 March. As The Art Newspaper points out, it seeks to be seen as “both a local museum for everyone, and a powerful statement of nationhood that will help transform Qatar into an Arab capital of culture.” Through the spectacular Jean Nouvel-designed building—which the French architect imagined from the desert rose-inspired facade all …

Seven Towers Transforming NYC’s Skyline

Cataloging the contributions of these eye-popping additions to the city

From windows inside—or out of—the five boroughs, and in the uncanny stillness of the present day, one might be able to see (and ruminate upon the fact) that NYC‘s skyline has changed dramatically in recent years. Away from the mega-projects of Hudson Yards, the Williamsburg waterfront and the World Trade Center, jagged teeth have risen among the historic structures that have long lent their power …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to a pioneering filmmaker, a survey of museums under the 'Beyoncé Effect,' and more in our roundup of the web this week

Farewell to Pioneering Filmmaker, Agnès Varda Boundary-breaking French filmmaker Agnès Varda passed away. Radical, feminist, experimental and spirited, her films explored taboo subjects and while they weren’t commercially successful, they remain powerfully influential and rich with wisdom. One of her earlier films, Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962) explores existentialism, narcissism and pain through a decidedly feminine lens—Peter Bradshaw writes, the film “is news that …