A sun-drenched hilltop scene of a pink-jacketed young man standing by a pool, gazing down at a swimmer submerged in the wobbly blueness below, remains one of David Hockney's most mysterious works. The painting, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)," sold at Christie's on Thursday night for $90.3 million with fees, shattering the auction record for a living artist. The previous high of of $58.4 million was held by Jeff Koons for one of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures. Hockney's painting is a different kind of trophy, by an openly gay artist about the emotional life of gay men. While the subject is hardly verboten in #art, it is still rare to see same-sex themes in an artwork at this price point. “Diversity is exactly what you’re seeing in the auction rooms — museums have done a huge job in positioning these artists,” said Brett Gorvy, a prominent dealer who was formerly head of contemporary art at @christiesinc. @karstenmoran took this photo of a visitor viewing the #Hockney on Wednesday. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
Yellowstone is the country’s oldest national park. But in a few decades, the iconic American landscape may be radically different. The winters are shorter and the summers hotter. Soon, there may be more fire and less forest. Elk migration patterns may shift. Climate change is transforming habitats so quickly that many plants and animals may not be able to adapt well or at all. Yellowstone offers a landscape unlike any other: a largely intact ecosystem rich in wildlife and geothermal features. Its unusual beauty was forged by volcanic heat; heat from humanity could be its undoing. “People think of Yellowstone as representing wildness because it does,” Jesse A. Logan, a retired Forest Service researcher, said. “This is kind of the last wild place.” @joshhaner took these photos of #Yellowstone. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
At 900 pounds, 70 spikes and 3 million Swarovski crystals, @daniellibeskind’s star is an an architectural feat. After 2 years of intensive design, the @Swarovski star will light up the night on top of the famed @rockcenternyc Christmas tree. This year’s Libeskind-Swarovski creation may be the most architecturally advanced piece to top the #RockefellerChristmasTree, which appeared as part of a formalized annual tradition starting in 1933. “It’s a renaissance of the star,” Daniel said, referring to his design of a decoration that has a tradition as a symbol of hope. @itsmetonyluong took this photo of industrial designer and lighting developer Marcus Poisson, working on the star in Rhode Island. The Rockefeller Center tree will be lighted on Nov. 28 and will be on view through Jan. 7. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
Robert Bailey knows his #lottery numbers by heart. He’s recited them every week for the last 25 years. Then came Oct. 27. Robert, 67, who lives in Manhattan, New York, won the largest prize in @ny_lottery history: $343.9 million. On Wednesday, he accepted his check for $125,396,690 — his cut after taxes — in a public ceremony at @resortsworldnyc. Robert, a retired postal worker and self-described “humble” man, split the $687.8 million Powerball jackpot with Lerynne West, 51, from Redfield, Iowa, who had claimed her prize more than a week ago. Robert said he would use the money to “give back to Manhattan.” He did not specify how. But he also had a more immediate plan: “Get a house for my mother, God bless her, with a little land,” he said. “Travel. And make good investments.” What would you do with $125 million? Let us know below. @nytchangster shot his photo of Robert accepting his winnings. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
🎶 The wheels on these buses go round and round 🎶 ... with zero emissions. While diesel engines on conventional school buses can be heard a block away, these new battery-powered buses in White Plains, New York, which went into service this fall, run so quietly that they have to play a melody for safety as they roam the streets. The singing buses — which cost $365,000 apiece, more than 3 times the price of a new diesel bus with modern pollution controls — are still a rarity. Of the roughly 480,000 school buses in the U.S., only a few hundred are fully electric. “We see this as the beginning of something that’s very cutting edge,” said Joseph Baker, senior vice president of operations at National Express, the company that operates the school buses. “We often joke that someday these White Plains buses will be in a museum.” @byronsmithphoto shot this photo of the electric buses. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
In recent years, the Brazilian government has sharply cut spending on indigenous communities. Lawmakers have pushed for regulatory changes championed by industries seeking unfettered access to parts of the Amazon rainforest that have been protected under the nation’s constitution. The changes have led to miners tearing into miles of land in the Amazon, polluting the water, poisoning the fish and prompting confrontation between the miners and indigenous tribes.
But the showdowns are just a small part of an existential struggle indigenous communities are waging across Brazil. The battle goes far beyond their individual survival, striking at the fate of the Amazon and its pivotal role in climate change. @meridithkohut captured this photo of the tribe members trekking through their protected indigenous land that illegal miners had destroyed in search of gold. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
In 2009, @nytmag's cover was a kid holding 2 basketballs. It declared "He's 13." That kid was Allonzo Trier, a basketball prodigy who had already crisscrossed the U.S., courted by @aausports teams, all-star tournaments, shoe companies and coaches. Everyone knew his name. So then why didn’t anyone call it at the 2018 @nba draft? “It was painful to go through that,” Marcie Trier, his mother, said, “but sometimes pain can turn into something beautiful.” Instead of being drafted, Allonzo agreed to a contract with that would split his time between the @nyknicks and the team’s development league affiliate in Westchester, New York. But after his debut, Allonzo’s dunks, slicing passes and chase-down blocks have quickly made him a fan favorite. Per Allonzo's contract, the Knicks could negotiate his deal before early December and sign him for good. After his recent performance, it’s safe to assume he won’t be playing any of his games in Westchester. @eriktanner took this photo of @iso_zo. Swipe left to see the 2009 @nytmag cover, shot by Lauren Greenfield with @instituteartist, and visit the link in our profile to read more.
#SpeakingInDance | “It’s a little bit like the ‘X-Files,’” said the choreographer @johnheginbotham of the narrative in “Fantasque,” a collaboration with the puppeteer Amy Trompetter. “There is a continual story to the whole series, but then sometimes there are rogue monster episodes that have nothing to do with forwarding the plot. That’s what’s happening here.” “Fantasque,” which shows at @nyuskirball from November 17-18, is a tale of morality, featuring a baby and a devil; the devil corrupts the world and exiles the baby. “Then there is a redemption,” John said. The joyful finale, set to music by Respighi and captured here, reminds the dancer @lindzoidjones of the “flowy freedom” of #IsadoraDuncan. John thinks of the dancers in “Fantasque” as figures in the natural world. They’re “a benevolent community,” he told the #nytimes writer @giadk. “Throughout the evening, they give us love.” @angelo_vasta made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.
In their newest play, these Broadway stars took the opportunity to poke fun at the classic stereotype of the vain actor seeking to burnish their star with some charity work. The musical comedy “The Prom,” which opens on Nov. 15 at the Longacre Theater, features a quartet of self-centered theater stars who descend on a small town in Indiana to lend their support to a high school student testing boundaries in her conservative community. They’re played by 4 real stars who were encouraged to play heightened versions of themselves. The concept originated with producer Jack Viertel, who was struck by news reports of gay high school kids who were denied the chance to go to their proms. @amylombard took this photo of Brooks Ashmanskas, @christopher_sieber, @angieschworer and @bethleavel. Visit the link in our profile to see more from our conversations with the actors.
Smoke toppling mountains. Residents fleeing their homes. Entire towns reduced to ash. These are scenes from California, where 3 devastating wildfires across the state — the Camp Fire in Northern California, the Woolsey Fire west of Los Angeles and the Hill Fire in Ventura County — have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed thousands of homes. The Camp Fire, which has been burning since Thursday, has already become the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, with at least 42 people dead, more than 200 missing and more than 7,600 structures, most of them homes, destroyed. President Trump said on Twitter Monday evening that he had approved a request to declare the fires a major disaster, making people affected by the fires eligible for various types of federal government support. Visit the link in our profile to read more, including the latest developments and how you can help. @ericthayer took this photo of smoke near the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California. Swipe left to see a shot by @acullenphoto of a wildfire victim embracing a friend in Malibu, a photo from @photojscho of fire damage in Paradise, California, and shot from @ericthayer of an aircraft dropping water on a hotspot in Malibu.
Shoyna, a Russian fishing village on the shores of the White Sea, is slowly vanishing under sand. Local residents say more than 20 houses have been completely buried. Boardwalks take the place of sidewalks on the village streets. It wasn’t always like this — life in the barren landscape is likely a man-made environmental disaster. In the years after World War II, Shoyna was a thriving fishing port. But overfishing probably ruined the area’s ecosystem. Trawlers scraped the sea floor clean of silt and seaweed. And with nothing to hold the sand in place anymore, waves started washing it ashore. This disruption of the seabed, perhaps combined with a natural change in the bed of the river that flows through Shoyna and into the White Sea, is the best suspect to blame, said Sergey Uvarov, the marine biodiversity project coordinator for the @world_wildlife in #Russia. But no formal environmental studies of the region have been conducted. @sergeyponomarev took this photo of a house submerged in #Shoyna. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
@ColinOBrady is an American adventure athlete and budding social media star. @LouisRudd is a British army captain. Both men are racing each other to become the first person to cross #Antarctica alone without support — a 921-mile odyssey on ice through blasting winds that could take as many as 65 days. It’s a trek that killed a man 2 years ago. To prepare for the journey, Louis trained himself, putting in hours of powerlifting. A trainer put Colin through a similar routine. Additionally, they each raised upward of $200,000 to make their attempts. Although there was some initial tension between the 2 adventurers, who found themselves unexpected competitors, they’ve formed a bond with each other and each set off on Nov. 3. “Good luck,” Louis told Colin, “I think we’re both going to make it.” @tamaramerino_photography took this photo of Colin with his gear. Swipe left to see Louis, and visit the link in our profile to read more.