This is no future for the Met, and yet a likely one. When the next economic downturn arrives, the Metropolitan will face tough choices to avoid slipping into the red. It's an easy leap to suppose that charging admission will seem like a no brainer for Met administrators.
Back in the 16th century -- before Christmas became the Santa-fueled spending-spree we all know and love (sort of) courtesy of that other long-reigning queen, Victoria -- the gift-giving extravaganza came at New Year.
Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin is not only about the works of art, beauty and music that this 19th century Viennese immigrant and artisan created. It's also the story of how he changed the trajectory of handmade guitars in America.
Multi-layered, complex, dreamlike and humanistic, The Refusal of Time is a manifestation, a work of art that seeks to explore ambiguity, to remain unfinished and to avoid the black hole at the end of time.
If something makes headlines simply for the amount of money that was spent on it, do we appreciate the thing as itself - a work of art, a novel - or do we look at it only in terms of how much money it cost?