By Aram Yardumian on
Of Isfahan in the mid-seventeenth century, French traveler Jean Chardin wrote, “It is the grandest and the most beautiful town in the whole of the east” and its surrounding countryside “incomparable for its beauty and fertility.” Situated on the central Iranian Plain, at the vertex of trade routes, Chardin found the city a bustling hub of commerce and education as populous as London, with broad tree-edged avenues and lanes as agreeable as those in Paris ...
By Edward Goldman on
Being the student of the contemporary art scene and learning what the rich and famous buy and sell these days, it's difficult not to notice the relatively short span of time that these collectors enjoy the expensive art toys they acquire before getting bored with them and putting these toys back on the market. For today's ambitious collectors, to own one of the shiny, bubbly and very expensive sculptures by Jeff Koons is simply a must.