Vanity Fair: Liz Markus + Bradley Rubenstein


Liz Markus was born in Buffalo, New York, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She has previously exhibited her work at Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, Loyal Gallery in Stockholm, and ZieherSmith in New York. Her work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as numerous private collections. Her current solo show, Town & Country, runs through July 3rd at Nathalie Karg Gallery, 41 Great Jones Street in New York City. (Image above, Babe Paley 1.)

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being in Saint Barths with my fiancé, Ron Gallen.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Being an artist.

What is your current state of mind?

Somewhat irritated. I’m in an airport.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My tendency to crumble in the face of people I perceive as authority figures.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

The inability to stop wallowing in their misery.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

The willingness to wait in line for brunch.

What is your favorite occupation?

Shopping with my fiancé.

What is your most marked characteristic?

A tendency towards worry.

What do you most value in your friends?

Being chill and understanding.

When and where were you happiest?

A beach in Malibu this March when my man told me he’d like to spend the rest of his life with me.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?

My lack of a vintage Gucci bag on my arm.

Which living person do you most despise?

Whoever popularized brunch in New York.

On what occasion do you lie?

On being introduced to someone. I pretend to be cheerful.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Ron Gallen.

Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to be born into money.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d dial down the crazy.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

I would change the fact that there's no East Hampton mansion that's been in the family forever.

What is your most treasured possession?

A certain ring I wear.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Extreme loneliness.

Who are your favorite writers?

J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling -- I’m boring myself now.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Captain America.

Who are your heroes in real life?

The people who saw that I needed it and helped me.

What are your favorite names?

Bill, Bob.

What is it that you most dislike?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I’ve produced an awesome body of work in my lifetime (if I do say so myself).

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

A double rainbow.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?

I think the question is, “What does it mean?”

Where would you like to live?

A quiet place with trees AND high-end shopping.

How would you like to die?

Such a depressing question.

What is your greatest regret?

That I forwent sleep and sex this morning so that I could get to the airport in time, only to find out my flight was very delayed.

What is your motto?

"I’d fly to the moon, for a Lorna Doone." That, or “Why the fuck not?”


Mr. Rubenstein is a painter, story teller, and smart culture aficionado.