700 Nimes Road: An “Indirect Portrait” of Elizabeth Taylor

Photos of the icon's possessions and home are the result of an intimate documentary project

Including 129 full-color photographs by fine artist Catherine Opie, “700 Nimes Road” is a thoughtful, yet poignant exploration of Elizabeth Taylor’s home (her “private sanctuary”) and possessions at her Bel Air, Los Angeles address. While the concept—photographing a celebrity’s belongings—might seem voyeuristic at first, Opie approaches creating an intimate portrait of the Hollywood icon in a tender way. The project began after attaining Taylor’s approval, …

Magnificent Objects: The Artist as Collector

Inside the collections of famed creators, from Damien Hirst to Hiroshi Sugimoto

The latest exhibition at London art gallery and cultural center Barbican takes a deeper look at the fascination with collecting items (be it art, postcards, cookie jars or taxidermied animals) that unites a number of post-war and contemporary artists. Visually striking, the exhibition reads as insight into the minds that have created some of the most remarkable contemporary art. In many cases, seeing their collections …

2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Highlights from the annual event that is much more than just a car show

There are car shows, and then there’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, held each year in West Sussex, England. Everything from rare, vintage and outright odd vehicles are put on display. Then there are the high-performance supercars and Formula One racers from a variety of eras. Regardless, these machines aren’t just there to look nice, they’re barreling up the site’s 1.16-mile hill climb course. Even though …

“At Home I’m A Tourist”

Selim Varol displays a few of his 15,000 artist toys in Berlin

For most of us, collecting toys is a hobby that can consume our youth, holding the excitement of adding to our bounty, finding the next big thing or forging relationships with other collectors. Few carry the pursuit into adulthood, becoming supercollectors to the utmost degree. Selim Varol is one of those exceptions, in a big way. Varol began collecting toys when he was six, later …

Dallas Art

The serious scene with a down-home spirit

A recent invitation to the Dallas Art Fair piqued our interest initially by the range of 78 participating galleries and artists like Erwin Wurm bringing his “Beauty Business” from the Bass Museum in Miami, and Zoe Crosher creating a site-specific installation of her Michelle DuBois project as part of the simultaneous Dallas Biennale. While we didn’t expect to encounter a domestic event in the scope …