Archive for March, 2009

The Met Frets

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Regarding yesterday’s item on the Metropolitan Museum’s boardroom discussion of Rogues Gallery in New York magazine, Galleycat, “on the brink of a major case of the giggles, as we can’t help but think of indignant trustees harumphing around a conference table, and rattling teacups with the pounding of their fists,” wonders, “With New York’s gossip depositories tracking every step of Gross’s project from proposal to publication, who on that board could be so far out of the loop to only now be asking about it?”

But She’s a Lady!

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Another pre-publication review of Rogues’ Gallery is in: “For more than a century, the coupling of art with commerce has made New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art the world’s most glamorous whore, according to this sprawling history… Behind-the-scenes dirt and an intriguing look at the symbiosis of culture and cash.” — Publishers Weekly, March 30, 2009

Distrusting Trustees

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Beth Landman of New York Magazine revealsleaked minutes of a meeting indicating that the Board of Trustees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is worried about the forthcoming publication of Rogues’ Gallery. Me, too. But I am looking forward to it. Five weeks and counting.

Story Without End, Amen

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Forget John Thain and Ezra Merkin and Steve Schwarzman and the meltdown of the economy. The market was up yesterday. And the George David-Marie Douglas divorce circus is still so on. Today, we learn that David is addicted to filing divorce papers and Marie, well, she likes money and wants babies but isn’t having the best of luck conceiving, unless her soon-to-ex is right and she doesn’t really want to, sneaky Miss Thing. Read it and get the creeps. Originally from the [NYP0st]

Oy, Marie

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Those folks at 740 Park just don’t know when to stop. If this keeps up, I may have to write a sequel. In the latest episode of the slap-happy soap opera of the richest apartment building in the world, the owners of the triplex apartment built for Electra Havemeyer and Vanderbilt heir J. Watson Webb (and later occupied by Edgar Bronfman Sr. and Time-Warner founder Steve Ross, among others), are giving the world its latest peek at how the rich and shameless divorce. Former United Technologies chairman George David and his second spouse, Marie Douglas (above), an impossibly tall and … Continue reading

No Gripe Here

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The first pre-publication review of Rogues’ Gallery is in and it’s a doozy. “The author clearly relishes dishing the dirt, but he also offers a supremely detailed history of the museum,” says Kirkus Reviews in its April 1 issue. “Gross’s portrait of Met politics is sharp and well-constructed, and readers will marvel at how the institution transcended the bickering and backhanded power plays to become one of the largest and most prestigious museums in the world. A deft rendering of the down-and-dirty politics of the art world.”

A Long View of Layoffs

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Today’s New York Times announces 74 layoffs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the likelihood of more, a 28% drop in its storied endowment (once nearly $3 billi0n) and a “hiring freeze, halted merit raises and curtailed staff travel and entertainment as well as the use of temporary employees.” This news comes on the same day that David Patrick Columbia‘s New York Social Diary covers a black-tie private dinner-dance there celebrating the Iranian New Year, attended by, among others, Martha Stewart, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and a tuxedo clad Thomas Campbell, the museum’s rookie-year director. In other words, as you’ll … Continue reading

Go West, Young Man

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Keith Kelly, media columnist of the New York Post (above, right, with David Carr, his counterpart at the New York Times), has the scoop today on my next book for the Broadway imprint at Random House: a 740- Park-like look at the lifestyles and lives of, as he puts it, “the Super-Wealthy in the Estate District of Los Angeles.” Kelly’s annual Kelly Gang fundraiser is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day at the midtown media elite lunchroom, Michael’s. UPDATE: Curbed LA comments: “Platinum Triangle, it’s time to start paying your help a bit more so they don’t spill your secrets! … Continue reading

Bagged By Popular Demand

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They tell me the internets are all abuzz about my latest Bergdorf Goodman Conversation with the buff Marc Jacobs and the beautiful Victoria Beckham. So for all of you not fortunate enough to be on our subscriber list or near the store (where you can pick up the magazine) here it is in its entirety. It’s a pdf so lean back and let it load.

Marc Jacobs Neutered? Posh Bitch-Slapped?

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Todays’ WWD features a provocative snippet from my upcoming BG Conversation with Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham and designer Marc Jacobs. The entire dual interview appears in the spring issue of Bergdorf Goodman Magazine, available at the store in a couple of days.

Bravo YSL, Welcome Judy D.

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Judith Dobrzynski has launched a new blog about the arts called Real Clear Arts. As she’s one of the most clear-eyed journalists in the field, I expect great things. Her first post, on the Yves St. Laurent auction last week in Paris, finds her off to a great start. I do wish someone would tell us who the buyers of YSL’s bounty were, however — beyond that Chinese bidder who is reneging on his purchase of two Chinese antiquities as a political protest against looting. Even as the auction showed that there is life left in the art market, his … Continue reading

Whale of a Sale Sale

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So… Max Abelson of the New York Observer reports that Courtney Sale-Ross‘s unofficial offer to sell her double duplex (Apt. 12-13 C/D) at the 71 East 71st Street entrance of 740 Park Avenue for $75 million — it was on the market, sort-of, and then off — is back on again. And he quotes the unlisted listing broker Edward Lee Cave asking “Who is Michael Gross?’ after Cave was told that Gripebox had reported the apartment was off the market. Cave’s memory obviously isn’t what it used to be (he did a lengthy face-to-face interview while I was reporting my … Continue reading