In summer, Swiss cows climb mountains

It was a watery "Swiss ikat", looking for all the world like the delicately-patterned silks of Central Asia. A looming rock face reflected in...
Strawberries in Mulhouse market

Three countries, markets galore: Mulhouse’s Marché du Canal Couvert (FR)

Forty minutes from Basel, the Alsatian city of Mulhouse holds the largest market in Eastern France. Indoors, in a permanent market hall with cement...
Lorrach market

Three countries, markets galore: Lörrach, Baden (DE)

Just across the German border from Riehen, the town of Lörrach is a quick cycle, bus ride or car trip away. On Saturdays, its...
On view at Liste, Art Bael 43

Satellite fairs and public art enliven Art Basel 43

For a week each June, Basel, Switzerland becomes the Center of the Art Universe, transformed into one big art gallery. Basel is art intensive...
I.V. Savitsky landskape painting

Savitsky’s Kyzylkum inspiration

Igor Savitsky, painter, obsessive art collector and founder of the remarkable Karakalpak Museum of Arts in Nukus, Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan—in the middle of...
Swiss Grättimaa, Basel, Switzerland

Swiss Grättimaa – early to rise

One of the signs of Christmas in Basel is the appearance of doughy chaps with raisins for eyes and a scattering of sugar on...
Autumn on the High Line, Manhattan, New York

Autumn on the High Line

A new stretch of New York’s High Line on Manhattan’s West Side opened last summer, and yesterday, I had a chance to walk it....

August got my goat!

August is National Goat Cheese Month in the US, which is as good a reason as any to salute the little ruminants who bring...
Ai Weiwei banner on fortification wall, Basel, Switzerland

Art Parcours 2011 through St. Albantal

Art Basel 42, which closed on Sunday, reported a guest list that was 65,000 visitors long. This year, I found greater inspiration outside the...
Autumn Fair at Munsterplatz, Basel, Switzerland

Herbstmesse — Basel’s Autumn Fair

Last Saturday, a fellow leaned out of the way-up-there window of Martinskirche in Basel’s Old Town, flapped a glove with his left hand and...
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