Can a Skateboard Be a Work of Art?

KEVIN ACHICO OWNS two kinds of skateboards: those he actually rides and those he hangs on his wall. He currently gets around on a board by Anti Hero, while eleven rarer decks by skate brands Supreme and F—ing Awesome adorn his Dallas home, sans wheels. To the uninitiated, these curved planks of wood might seem interchangeable, but according to the 27-year-old IT worker, the boards he puts on the wall—including ones with imagery by Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini or American photographer Andres Serrano—are “basically art pieces.” Though he paid a mere $49 to $88 for them, he speaks of them the way a…

‘Eye to I: Self-Portraits From 1900 to Today’ Review: How Artists See Themselves

‘Eye to I: Self-Portraits From 1900 to Today’ Review: How Artists See Themselves – WSJ

Works at the National Portrait Gallery range from unsparing representations of old age to gigantic effigies of ego.

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Readers React to the WSJ Airport Rankings

Reader reaction to the first-ever Wall Street Journal ranking of large airports zeroed in on a stark reality: Many fliers consider U.S. airports mediocre at best and say they still lag behind the best international airports despite billions of dollars in improvements.

What readers do like: medium-size, less crowded, more convenient places to get on and off aircraft such as Tampa, Fla., Portland, Ore., and even Washington’s Dulles International.

An Industrial Kitchen for People Who Love Nature

Can an architect indulge his desire for the clean look of metal-and-white-kitchen cabinets without casting a permanent chill on the heart of the house? New York designer and architect Wayne Turett pondered this question as he put together the kitchen in his Greenport, N.Y., home. He wanted a space as welcoming as a living room, but the architect of over 30 years also wished to explore his fascination with tectonic structure, the manner in which linear elements are connected. The metal grid that supports the shelving, cabinets and drawers remains visible. “A lot of times kitchen cabinets will hide these structural pieces…

The Movies to See This Holiday Season

From the depths of the ocean to the heights of political power, the movies coming out between now and Christmas Day are aiming for blockbuster status, Academy Awards and sometimes both. Mary Stuart maneuvers against Queen Elizabeth I for 16th-century supremacy on one screen (“Mary Queen of Scots”) while Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld maneuver their way into George W. Bush’s America on another (“Vice”). A black concert pianist and a white driver reach out to each other in the segregated South (“Green Book”) while an airborne babysitter reaches out to a new generation in the Disney universe (“Mary Poppins Returns”). Here’s…

Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving

THE MOST PREDICTABLE meal of the year should be matched with equally unpredictable wines. With so many well-rehearsed dishes on the holiday table, let the pairing come as a pleasant surprise. It might be a wine from an unknown grape or an unfamiliar place, or both. The added bonus of a vinous obscurity? After the holiday pleasantries have been exchanged and exhausted, the wine will be a good—not to mention noncontroversial—topic of conversation.

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Huge Hits and Big Flops at New York’s Fall Art Auctions Send Mixed Signals About the Market

The art market appears to be entering its Volatile Period.

After a steady run-up in art prices, bidding started to fly and fracture in unpredictable patterns during New York’s major fall auctions, which concluded Friday. From a $90.3 million David Hockney painting that set a record for a living artist to an estimated $40 million Vincent van Gogh that failed to sell at all, collectors gave wildly differing signals about where they think art values should go.