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Issue #230
Winter 2010


Cover Story

Takashi Murakami

By Matthew Simmons

Is Takashi Murakami the new Andy Warhol? Ask him, and
Kanye’s main man will have one of his assistants get right
back to you.


Ann Ziff: The Met’s miracle

By N. C. Maisek

Glamour be damned, Ann Ziff is reluctantly stepping out of the wings and taking center stage at the Met Opera.

Mario Batali: Top Chef

By Steven Woodhead

Feeding everyone from power players to the poor, culinary star Mario Batali’s kept both feet in the kitchen while turning himself into a brand name.

Lynda Resnick: Collection Agent

By Nancy A. Ruhling

When she’s not busy filling her own walls, Lynda Resnick is decorating the $45 million wing she and her husband built at LACMA.

Agnes Gund: Art School Confidential

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Agnes Gund did something crazy: She never bought art to make money. She bought it to give away.

Hans Ulrich Obrist: The most important man in art you’ve never heard of

By Steven Woodhead

Inside the frenetic life of super-curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.

David Nahmad: Eyes of the Beholder

By Liliane-Carol Benoit

He’s been called the world’s most successful art collector— now David Nahmad is sharing his treasure trove of
Picassos and Monets with the public.

Samuel Keller: Director's Chair

By Michelle Speyer

The art world’s international man of mystery, Samuel Keller.

Barbara Lee: The Pink House

By Elisa Birnbaum

Boston’s Barbara Lee wants to see more women represented in the world’s top galleries—and one sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office.

Matthew Stephenson: Back in the U.S.S.R.

By Marc Weisblott

When Christie’s dispatched thirtysomething Matthew Stephenson to lead its Moscow office, the venerable auction house was betting on a sure thing.

Nadav Kander: In Focus

By N. C. Maisek

Photographer Nadav Kander has shot everyone from Brad Pitt to Desmond Tutu, but it was his post-inaugural portrait series of the Obama White House that put him on the international map.

Dennis Scholl: Knight Time

By Janis Raisen

Dennis Scholl’s been crisscrossing the country to make the arts a local priority.

Yaacov Agam: Great Expectations

By Liliane-Carol Benoit

Experimental artist Yaacov Agam has taken his work from the deserts of the Middle East to the halls of Paris to the markets of Taipei—but his opus may be his work for children.


  • Mr. Gates teaches America
  • Omidyar Network expands to India
  • Rubenstein’s $10 million for Chicago students
  • Sainsbury decorates British Museum
  • Heeeere's Johnny
  • Pledging like a billionaire
  • Blair launches autobiography
  • Soros soaks up costs in Pakistan
  • Facebook philanthropy
  • Bright ideas, bright stars
  • Rowling waves wand at MS research


  • TIFF Opening Night
  • Nuit Blanche
  • Annual Campaign Launch
  • CCFC 50th Anniversary Golden Gala
  • Appeal of Conscience Awards Dinner
  • Auction and Gala for Art
  • Hope & Cope Raises Over $1 Million
  • Rogers Cup
  • More Passion for Fashion
  • Stand Up 2 Cancer

The Index

Top 100 Art Collectors

Our Top 100 Art Collectors issue continues the trend of marrying young collectors with the old—for every stalwart fixture such as Britain’s Sainsbury family or Charles Saatchi, there is a fresh faced Adam Sender or a David Ganek to complement them.

Art Calendar

Calendar of gallery shows.

Q&A with Frieder Burda