Dropping the Other Calf

Hirst with The Golden Calf. /© Damien Hirst — photos: PRUDENCE CUMMINGS

As auction sales have spiked in recent years, a lot of living artists have been on the sidelines feeling left out. The sales have made millions for collectors and the auction houses, but the artists don’t share in the profits. (Though strong performance for their …

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Test Pilot: Project Gary

Mohr (left, with King) has quite a Project cut out for him. / Monty Brinton/CBS

Test Pilot is a semiregular feature sharing my first impressions of the pilots for next fall’s shows. These aren’t reviews, since these pilots can be rewritten, recast and retooled before airing, and the shows that eventually get on the air can prove much …

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The Morning After: America Once Had Talent

The first summer it was on the air, NBC’s America’s Got Talent was an amusing diversion. The next, it was a forgettable holdover. Now, it just seems like a cruel, sarcastically named taunt. OK, NBC, we get it—we get it! America does not in fact have talent! Do you need to keep rubbing our noses in it summer after summer?

For those who …

Iowater Report

Part of the ongoing disaster of the flooding in the Midwest — floodwaters invaded the arts campus of the University of Iowa. The Iowa River crested on Sunday, but not before reaching the Museum of Art and the relatively new Steven Holl-designed School of Art and Art History, seen here before the flood.

University of Iowa School of …

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TV Tonight: OMG JONAS JONAS JONAS

There is no escape. / ABC/DISNEY CHANNEL

All parents of American tween-aged children, unless they are totally uncool and unfair and hate their kids, have seen to it that they have access to Disney Channel On Demand. (The fact that your cable company doesn’t offer it is no excuse! You could have moved! I never get anything I want!)

The …

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The Morning After: Sex vs. Drugs

Monty Brinton/Showtime

Showtime debuted its summer Monday comedy block last night, with Weeds leading into Secret Diary of a Call Girl. I’m curious what you thought, particularly of the British high-priced-hooker comedy. Is it the next Sex and the City? The next Red Shoe Diaries? Or is it not worth the price tag?

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