Fond Farewell to Late ABN Writer Emmett Murphy
Keller, Julie, Art Business News
As I write my letter this month, I bring you news of sad tidings and report what I consider to be the end of an Art Business News era. Longtime columnist Emmett Murphy, the writer of two of the magazine's most popular sections, Art Hotline and Murmurs, has passed away. This month marks the last time we will be publishing these much-read sections.
Of course I am sad to lose a treasured and talented writer. But I am more saddened at the loss of a wise and witty man I consider a friend.
I met Emmett two years ago when I moved to New York and took a job at Art Business News as an associate editor. When I called to introduce myself, I learned I was speaking to a seasoned New Yorker and an interesting human being. He asked about where I was living, about my family, about my favorite foods, restaurants and movies. He told me about his work with the FBI and about the celebrities he knew from his days as a Hollywood filmmaker.
A few weeks later, when he dropped by the office to turn in his column, he also brought me an envelope full of clippings telling me about my Upper East Side neighborhood, reviews of area restaurants and a few suggestions for books to read about the area. …