Cathleen McGuigan

How To Succeed In The Art Biz

Running a museum used to be the ultimate gentleman's profession; it took taste, polish and a passion for connoisseurship. Then things got grubby: museum directors started worrying more about balance sheets than provenances and spent more time wooing money out of politicians than heirlooms out of dowagers.

Apres Mickey, Le Deluge

When Mickey squeaked, Aldo Rossi lost his cool. The prizewinning architect was designing a hotel for the new Disney theme park opening next Sunday 20 miles east of Paris, when Robert Fitzpatrick, the urbane president of Euro Disney, made some criticisms.

Catalunya, Here I Come

A funny thing happened to Robert Hughes on the way to writing a book about Barcelona's modernista movement--the Catalan art nouveau architecture of Antoni Gaudi and his peers.

Arne's Double Life

Speaking of letting down your hair, wasn't that the button-down art dealer Arne Glimeher mamboing his heart out at New York's tatty Roseland the other night?

All Those Old Familiar Places

First try to imagine Melanie Griffith as a World War II spy who goes underground as a nanny in Berlin to find out about a secret German bomb with wings. Then picture Michael Douglas passing himself off as an SS officer even though he can't speak enough German to say Gesundheit.

The Barcelona Way

When the great Japanese archi tect Arata Isozaki went to the opening of his Jordi sports palace on Montjuic in Barcelona, IN he was stunned by the turnout: 300,000 people--almost one fifth of the city--came to see what he'd done.

How To Talk To A Brick

The people at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles got the idea for the retrospective "Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture" 10 years ago, but it didn't open until this month, in Kahn's hometown, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

How Yesterday Saw Tomorrow

The roaring '20s didn't last longer than any other decade, but after the exhibition "The 1920s: Age of the Metropolis," you'd swear it was an eternity. This vastly ambitious show at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a huge, clanking machine: 700-odd paintings, prints, photographs, posters, architectural models, drawings, chairs, teapots, cigarette cases, a Bugatti automobile and a De Havilland 60X Moth airplane fill up the entire museum, evoking the jazz age in three prime capitals--Berlin,...

A Maverick Master

People used to pigeonhole Frank Gehry as a regionalist architect. That meant he was a flaky southern Californian whose far-out buildings looked like the scene of an earthquake the morning after.

The Scoop On Kitty Kelley

We were afraid we were going to have to do an unauthorized Kitty Kelley profile. We were very disappointed. We had wanted to get up close and personal with the plucky biographer who'd come up with such now notorious tidbits about her subjects' lives: that Jackie Onassis had shock therapy;that Liz Taylor aborted a love child by Frank Sinatra;that Sinatra once ate ham and eggs off the chest of a call girl.

Back To The Drawing Board

How to survive the bust It's quiet out there in the building business. Too quiet. Drafting tables stand empty and Luxo lamps are dark in design studios across the country as the architectural profession buckles under the worst recession since the early '70s. "For 15 years, we were used to hyperactivity and late nights," says James Polshek, whose New York firm is half the size it was five years ago. "Now at 6 o'clock, it's dead." The bust started in the Northeast more than a year ago--in...