The Departures Culture Guide 2012

X-Rays by Nick Veasey

From high to low, we showcase the very best in entertainment, fine art and architecture.

Edited by Doug Brod

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture,” John F. Kennedy famously said, “society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” And who are we to argue? In the following pages, we’ve set out to showcase the most visionary people, places, products and ideas currently feeding the worlds of fine art, architecture and entertainment. From designers to musicians, curators to comedians—not to mention Terry O’Neill, who photographed both JFK and our cover star, Mick Jagger—here’s a look at the arts, high and low, that matter now.


America’s Busiest Foreign-Born Architect
Hong Kong’s Blue House
Preserving the Ruins of Pompeii
The Middle East’s New Super Skyscrapers


Australia’s Wild Public Art Walk
The Barnes Foundation Debuts
The Met’s Rooftop “Cloud City”
Top Summer Art Exhibitions
Okwui Enwezor on the New Palais de Tokyo
New York’s New Art Fairs
Collezione Maramotti
Baryshnikov Returns to New York
New Art Acquisitions in Qatar
The Storytelling Revival
Nick Veasey’s X-Ray Fashion Art


Summer’s Must-Read Books
Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons
An Artful New Book


Five Tips for San Diego’s Comic-Con
Istancool 2012
The London 2012 Festival
50 Years of Shakespeare in the Park
Unusual Festivals


John Cage’s Greatest Hits
Questions for Dr. John
Gramophone Smartphone Docks
Jazzman Jason Moran
Rock-Festival VIP Treatment
Steve Reich Meets Radiohead
The Voice: Rebecca Ferguson


Why Cannes Still Matters
Upcoming 2012 Movie Picks
TV’s New Period Pieces
Summer’s Must-See TV Shows
Summer U.K. Theater Premieres


Composer Rufus Wainwright
Interview with Audrey Tatou
The Costume Institute’s Harold Koda
Questions for Lewis Black
Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Deborah Borda
Questions for John Smoltz
Judith Jamison’s Cultural Obsessions
Questions for Pete Hamill
Michael Franti: Rock’s Yoga Master

Technology & Gadgets

Luxury Cars Go Wi-Fi