DAVID MASELLO writes about art and culture. He is currently executive editor of Milieu, a national print magazine about interior design and architecture.
He has held staff editorial positions at Town & Country, Country Living, Art & Antiques, Travel & Leisure, Departures, and Avenue magazines. He was the founding editor in chief of The Out Traveler. Prior to his magazine work, he was a hardcover nonfiction editor at Simon & Schuster.
He has written scores of essays and features for the New York Times, Fine Art Connoisseur (where he is a Contributing Writer), Wall Street Journal, Salon, Boston Globe, Cottages & Gardens, and numerous other national periodicals and literary journals.
He is the author of two books about art and architecture. Architecture Without Rules: The Houses of Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard (W.W. Norton) remains the definitive examination of twenty of the architects’ best houses. Masello visited the houses, interviewed the current and past owners, and studied the plans and early sketches for each project. Masello’s second book, Art in Public Places: Walking New York’s Streets to See the Best Paintings, Murals, Mosaics, and Mobiles (City & Company), is an engaging look at fifty of the city’s most striking public artworks. He has delivered lectures on the topic at New York’s 92nd Street Y and The Asphalt Green.
He is also a widely published poet and a frequent lecturer about the publishing industry and he has curated several small-scale art shows in New York. His essays and poems have been anthologized in many editions, including Best American Essays. His new one-act play, The Middle Distance, was produced and performed by the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in December 2016. Other theatrical works have been produced and performed by the Jewish Women’s Theatre, Lambs Club, The Acting Studio, the Big Apple Theater Festival, and other venues. He is a board member—and frequent performer—of read650.com, a live essay reading series, and a member of the Literary Committee and the Theatre Committee of the National Arts Club.
He lives and works in New York, though he grew up in Evanston, Illinois, which still feels like home.