For Israeli-born artist Nir Hod, themes of beauty, loneliness, and narcissism—three of his favourite subjects—are constantly recurring in his work.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: There are many ways to change the world. March in a protest. Love someone. Make a movie. Watch one. Sarah Polley has done these things. The filmmaker has been appointed one of the country’s highest honours: an Officer of the Order of Canada.

First, they asked Los Angeles–based street artist Retna to hand-paint the tail of a Bombardier Global Express. Then, along with fine jeweller Fabergé, VistaJet commissioned Turner Prize–nominated artist Ian Davenport to design the tail of one of its new flagship planes: the Bombardier Global 6000.

Peter Brant unites left brain with right in the pursuit of his true passion: collecting and sharing art.

When Tom Sachs was eight years old, his father wanted a camera. Since the camera was too expensive to buy, the young Sachs made him one of clay instead. Since the boy went on to become a famous sculptor, one might dare to guess that the clay version was way cooler than the original.

When it comes to style, less is more. Fashion-industry veteran Scott Morrison took this truth to heart when he opened premium New York denim boutique and atelier 3×1 with co-founder Eric Rothfeld in May 2011. Morrison’s goal? “To make the best jean in the world.”

Walking into David Altmejd’s studio feels like falling down a rabbit hole into some strange wonderland. Hidden on the top floor of a Long Island City warehouse that’s just one subway stop from Manhattan, the large, bright space is a hub of activity in preparation for the friendly, bright-eyed artist’s big (untitled) solo show at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Connecticut.

It’s a scorching, humid New York summer day, but Julien Gardair, clad in khaki shorts and a long-sleeved T-shirt, is unfazed by the heat. To be polite, he flicks on the air conditioning. French people don’t use much A/C, explains the Versailles-born contemporary artist, pouring glasses of sparkling water thick with crushed limes.