Week in Review: Dealers Deal With "Fairtigue," The Serpentine Pavilion Hits a Snag, and Depp's Dire "Dark Shadows"

Week in Review: Dealers Deal With "Fairtigue," The Serpentine Pavilion Hits a Snag, and Depp's Dire "Dark Shadows"
A still from "Clouds," a documentary by James George and Jonathan Minard
(Courtesy the Artists)

Our most-talked-about stories in Art, Design & Fashion, and Performing Arts, May 7-11, 2012:


— Artists in a new exhibition at Eyebeam in Chelsea pushed the boundaries of photography using hacked Microsoft X-Box 360 Kinect infra-red cameras.

— After New York's second art fair week of the year — with the inaugural Frieze New York sandwiched between fairs in Hong Kong and Cologne — Julia Halperin asked gallerists how they deal with "fairtigue."

— In the wake of Frieze — and its many satellite fairs, events, and parties — Ben Davis speculated that art objects are increasingly mere pretexts for the social gatherings that have become our era's real art.

— The spring auction season continued to break records — though not the one established by "The Scream" the week before — and Judd Tully reported from a Sotheby's sale where works by Bacon and Lichtenstein both fetched $44 million, the Christie's sale where a Rothko painting set a new record for a post-war artwork, and a Phillips de Pury & Company sale that established new record prices for a handful of contemporary artists including a $16.3 million Basquiat.

— Following his election last Sunday, Kate Deimling speculated what the policies of incoming French president François Hollande might mean for France's art and culture sectors.


Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei revealed their plans for this year's Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London, which was intended to incorporate the foundations of pavilions from previous years — but a few days later, they found only dirt beneath the plot of land where their design was under construction.

— Ann Binlot was on hand as decked-out celebrities made their way along the Metropolitan Museum's red carpet to attend the annual Costume Institute Gala.

— Kelly Chan looked at the craze for temporary architecture and urbanism — including parking space-sized parks, shipping container architecture, and an entire pop-up neighborhood — that is sweeping American cities.

— A lucky Frank Lloyd Wright fan purchased a home designed by the esteemed architect's studio for $1 dollar — but has only two weeks to figure out a way to move it from its current location or it will be demolished.

— While Frieze's giant tent welcomed the weekend's crowds, the art world's most powerful and stylish headed to a gala opening at collector Peter Brant's Connecticut foundation.


— J. Hoberman dismissed the new Johnny Depp-Tim Burton blockbuster "Dark Shadows" as "the Addams Family plus the Munsters."

— Graham Fuller parsed the steamy synopsis for Brian de Palma's upcoming film, "Passion," which stars Rachel McAdams and Naomi Rapace.

— Nick Catucci commented that the first trailer for Ben Affleck's based-on-a-true-story "Argo" looks to be "a roundabout interrogation of the intersecting notions of patriotism, heroism, and entertainment."

Charlyne Yi and Fred Armisen's new web series "Bandmates" wasn't really all that funny, but was weirdly similar to "Inception."

— A new trailer for Sacha Baron-Cohen's "The Dictator" did not augur well for his upcoming humanitarian monster-in-the-city comedy.