Private Arts Patrons Set Up Public Museums

In a sign of the expanding role that private wealth plays in public life, well-off collectors are inaugurating their own exhibition spaces—often in countries where contemporary-art scenes are growing and government support of the arts remains paltry.

New Galleries Heat Up New York's Art Market

The financial crisis may have been the best thing to have happened to New York's art scene since Andy Warhol. At its peak in 2007, the market was certainly ripe for a takedown: too many galleries selling subpar work at inflated prices, centered in one neighborhood—Chelsea—where prohibitive rents allowed only the most commercially successful to survive.

Sleeping With the Devil

For most people, knowledge of this exotic Australian island begins and ends with the animated antics of a Looney Tunes character, which isn't surprising considering that the journey to Tasmania from America or Europe can take more than 24 hours.

Learning to Play Polo

When I was growing up, I was on a first-name basis with Polo, Ralph Lauren's line of preppy staples. But I've come to understand that the little mallet-wielding man on a horse embroidered on my shirts is more than just a logo; it's a symbol of one of the world's most storied sports.

Fashion Shows Go Live Via the Web

The seating arrangement at a fashion show has always telegraphed power and prestige; Vogue editor Anna Wintour, for instance, sat front and center at Jason Wu this season, draped in fur and dripping with jewels, flanked by The September Issue's breakout star, creative director Grace Coddington.

Dining as Extreme Sport

High-end adventurers have plenty of options, from luxury safaris to guided Antarctic treks. But few think of food as a frontier offering the same kind of adrenaline-rush-inducing excitement.

A Few Luxury Hotels Buck the Trend of Restraint

A year ago, travelers were still flying high, booking deluxe ocean-view suites without a second thought. Today luxury is a six-letter word that most tourists are resigned to living without, instead seeking special deals and bargain promotions.

Hi-Tech Home Visions at the Milan Design Expo

In the last decade, as wild financial growth was accompanied by an explosion of ostentation, the world of high-end furniture—perched between pragmatism and corporeal comfort, and enjoyable primarily in the confines of one's home—remained a bit less giddy.

Fashion: Luxury Brands Get Back to Their Basics

Before Yves Saint Laurent revolutionized the world with his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1966, fashion was a luxury that fell under the purview of the select few who could afford to spend thousands of dollars on a bespoke evening gown or suit.

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