When aviation took off in the early 20th century, safety was still shaky and the public needed some convincing to get them soaring among the clouds in the noisy metal contraptions.
For a 1953 Dada exhibition, Marcel Duchamp designed a one-page catalogue meant to be crumpled up and tossed in the trash.
The beautiful mansion that once stood at 353 Clinton Avenue in Clinton Hill in Brooklyn belonged to the industrialist William Henry Nichols, co-founder of the G. H. Nichols and Company. He was tremendously successful in the chemical business, as is plain to see from the plush interiors of his home.
The Nazis, one supposes, fell into the usual trap: they expected everyone to see it their way, no added explanation or convincing necessary.
There is possibly no better place to witness the titans of the art market — the auction houses — duke it out than in New York. But ever wonder what they’re all about? Here’s a straightforward guide.