The mystique of the art world and David Choe’s television show: the week in commented articles


This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from The New York Times, read aloud by the journalists who wrote them.

When federal agents raided the home of Philadelphia drug dealer Ronald Belciano, they were surprised to discover dozens of paintings, including pieces by Renoir, Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

It turned out that Mr. Belciano used the art to launder some of his drug money.

Authorities, who fear the Belciano affair may be an oddity, are considering stepping up surveillance of the art market and making it more transparent. For art veterans, who equate anonymity with discretion, tradition and class, this seat of secrecy is an overreaction that will hurt the market.

Written and narrated by Edmond Lee

David Choe, a street artist known for his colorful and explicit images, rose to prominence outside the art world in 2012, after reporting he would be worth over $ 200 million due to his decision to take stock instead of money for the murals he had painted. at Facebook headquarters.

Today, Mr. Choe, 45, has a television contract with cable network FX and streamer Hulu.

“The Choe Show” is at the same time an interview, an artistic performance and a therapy session. The host interviews the famous (Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson) and the semi-famous (Kat Von D, Asa Akira) in an unorthodox fashion, and each episode ends with a portrait of the interviewee painted by Mr. Choe.

Written and narrated by Karen crouse

Eleven teens – the most since 1996 – won spots on the 50-member American swimmer’s team. Then, like today, the United States was recharging after the retirement of a talent unique in a generation.

In 1996, it was three-time Olympian Matt Biondi, who won 11 Olympic medals, including seven in 1988, who had quit the sport. This year, for the first time since 1996, 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps is not competing.

From Alaska to Florida, Native Americans face serious climatic challenges, the most recent threat in a history marked by centuries of distress and upheaval. As other communities struggle on a warming planet, Indigenous tribes face environmental peril exacerbated by policies – first imposed by white settlers and later by the United States government – that have brought them down. forced to settle on the less desirable lands of the country.

Written and narrated by Kara swisher

This year, Kara Swisher was invited to give an opening speech at a school she attended from Kindergarten to Grade 5. It was a lesson for young people on the value of risk taking and digital responsibility.

“Don’t settle for it,” Kara told them. “Not for anyone or for any reason.”

The Times narrated articles are written by Parin Behrooz, Claudine Ebeid, Carson Leigh Brown, Anna Diamond, Aaron Esposito, Elena Hecht, Elisheba Ittoop, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Anna Martin, Tracy Mumford, Tanya Perez, Margaret Willison, Kate Winslett and John Woo. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.

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