Our most-talked-about stories in Art, Design & Fashion, and Performing Arts, April 23-27, 2012:
— With the inaugural Frieze New York art fair just a week away, Kyle Chayka looked at all that the newcomer and its various satellites have to offer, while Orit Gat spoke to artist Uri Aran about the site-specific performance he'll be staging during the fair. Frieze's chief competitor, the Armory Show, snuck back into the spotlight when it announced its 2013 dates.
— In anticipation of next week's other blockbuster, Sotheby's sale of Edvard Munch's "The Scream," Shane Ferro gathered all the information anyone could possibly need to know about this prized pastel version of the iconic work.
— Julia Halperin shined a light on the plight of Dallas's Nasher Sculpture Center, whose new glass-clad neighbor, Museum Tower, is reflecting the sun onto the museum with such intensity that it has forced the closure of a James Turrell installation and the re-location of a Picasso painting.
— Los Angeles gallery Blum & Poe revealed that its hugely popular exhibition on the Japanese art movement Mono-ha will travel to New York's Gladstone Gallery in June.
— Alanna Martinez spoke to British artist duo Gilbert & George, who opened a three-part exhibition in New York this week at Lehmann Maupin and Sonnabend.
— Coline Milliard was at this morning's London press conference where Dasha Zhukova and Rem Koolhaas announced that the latter's OMA would design the new home for the former's Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in central Moscow.
— Kelly Chan reported that a new $750-million skyscraper on Manhattan's Park Avenue will be designed by one of 11 competing firms, including a veritable who's who of global starchitects.
— Apropos of the craze for the Pebble watch, Janelle Zara noted that the most successful Kickstarter funding campaigns are for geeky Apple product accessories, while more noble endeavors go un-funded.
— Iraq recruited the help of French architectural conservationists to restore a stunning modernist gymnasium in Baghdad designed by Le Corbusier.
— Nate Freeman reported that pop music it girl of a moment ago Lana Del Rey will play a Mulberry-sponsored party during Frieze New York.
— Graham Fuller reported that Lars von Trier will be the first art house filmmaker to venture into un-simulated, hardcore porn territory, with the sex scenes in his upcoming film starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, "Nymphomania."
— Richard Branson's Virgin Produced film company has tapped Brandon and Phillip Murphy to adapt Robert Greenfield’s 2006 book "Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones" into a screenplay for a feature film on the feud between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
— Nick Catucci speculated that the upcoming Elizabeth Moss movie "A Buddy Story" will be "a potentially seamless, tickling embodiment of the wistful-winsome modestness of intelligence-depletingly derivative independent cinema."
— Graham Fuller noted that Felicity Jones will star alongside Ralph Fiennes in "The Invisible Woman," his upcoming screen adaptation of a speculative biography of Charles Dickens's mistress of 13 years Ellen (“Nelly”) Ternan.