Author Archives: James Gaddy

Shadow Boxer

On April 21, 1964, James Harvey, with his friend Joan Washburn, walked into New York’s Stable Gallery to see an opening for a rising artist named Andy Warhol. The show—which attracted a line around the block, despite mostly negative reviews—consisted of 400 large replicas of supermarket product boxes for brands such as Heinz, Del...

Nicole Jacek

— Scroll to see more images   Nicole Jacek has learned at the feet of the masters: She interned for Stefan Sagmeister, worked for a year next to Ian Anderson at The Designers Republic, received an impromptu mentoring session at M/M Paris, and downed a $1,000 bottle of schnapps with German design legend Kurt...

Nose Job

Courtroom artist Janet Hamlin couldn’t actually see the expression on the defendant’s face, but she already knew that Khalid Shiekh Mohammed didn’t like the way she drew him. June 5, 2008, had been a tense day in the Guantanamo Bay court. Hamlin, on assignmnent for CNN to sketch the prosecution of alleged 9/11 mastermind...

Technicolor Dreamcoats

“Uncle Frank, what’s existential terror?” asks a bright-eyed little girl in a recent spot for VH1’s pop-culture show Best Week Ever. She’s sitting with a small boy, both of them cross-legged, on a set that looks like a relic from a kiddie program about the family farm. Cut to Uncle Frank, standing dreamily in...

Nowhere Man

Banksy, the most famous street artist alive, is waffling. I don’t realize this until I’m flying back to JFK from LAX, suspended in the air somewhere over the Ozarks. I had gone out to L.A. to see “Barely Legal,” his first major U.S. show, where I was hoping to find him, talk, and try...