(Photos: Times Square Alliance)
⇒ If you build it shiny and red, they will come. The Times Square discount ticket mecca known as the TKTS booth has been reborn with an expanded plaza and LED-illuminated red glass steps (pictured above). It’s been a long time coming. The concept—by Australians John Choi and Tai Ropiha—was chosen from 683 entries in an international competition that was part of the millenial celebration. According to the Times Square Alliance, the Perkins Eastman-designed glowing glass staircase “mimic[s] a Greek amphitheatre [and] creates an instant international icon.” Check out the design details here.
⇒ Like a lot of people, we didn’t make it to Regent’s Park this year for London’s Frieze Art Fair (alas, British Airways refused to accept payment in blog posts). The New York Times‘ Roberta Smith has the scoop, noting that despite a chilly market, the fair’s diverse exhibitors delivered “a random snapshot of an increasingly global and youthful art world in transition.” Her favorite relational aesthetics moment? “The two-sided hand dryers in the fair’s restrooms, courtesy of Dyson.”
⇒ Tonight Lincoln Center hosted the Lucie Awards gala, honoring the achievements of the world’s finest photographers. Among this year’s honorees are Richard Misrach (for achievement in fine art), Patrick Demarchelier (fashion), Susan Meiselas (photojournalism), and Ewrin Olaf (advertising). Legendary photographer Elliott Erwitt presented the lifetime achievement award to Gianni Berengo Gardin, who you might know best as Renzo Piano‘s go-to photographer. Congratulazioni!