Week in Review: Confronting Richter Mania, Sexting Statue Saved, and J. Hoberman Pans "Prometheus"

Week in Review: Confronting Richter Mania, Sexting Statue Saved, and J. Hoberman Pans "Prometheus"
A sculpture by Thai artists Chai Siri and Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Documenta 13
(Photo: !Koss via Flickr / Illustration by ARTINFO)

Our most-talked-about stories in Art, Design & Fashion, and Performing Arts, June 4-8, 2012:


— Kyle Chayka reviewed Postmasters gallery’s “Richteriana,” a critical exhibition that deconstructs the imminent canonization of famed German painter and conceptualist Gerhard Richter.

— We discovered a controversial public sculpture in Kansas by Yu Chang that was supposed to be a cross-cultural gift from China but drew controversy for its risqué subject matter and perceived pro-sexting stance. 

— Photographer David Benjamin Sherry told Chloe Wyma about his upcoming projects, taste for psychedelia, and passion for the magic of the darkroom (as well as tequila).

ARTINFO Germany’s Alexander Forbes previewed Documenta 13, noting the curator’s loopy opening lecture, Pratchaya Phinthong’s tsetse fly sculpture, and Wael Shawky’s puppet-theater political drama.

— Julia Halperin investigated the changes afoot at Art Basel 2012, including increased preview time for VIPs and an ever-larger selection of satellite fairs and events.


Kelly Chan explained how contemporary architects are taking serious inspiration from the improvisatory design strategies of dense, poor urban slums in areas like Lagos and Mexico City.

— Just as they provided inspiration to F. Scott Fitzgerald while the author was writing the original Great Gatsby, Brooks Brothers provided costumes for the latest movie adaptation.

— In the midst of the Diamond Jubilee, Kate Middleton wore a dress that was previously donned by Kim Kardashian, and the world cringed.

— Black-Eyed Pea Will.i.am worked with digital arts company Spinifex to turn the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art into a giant interactive work of art.

Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet informed Ann Binlot about her latest art purchases and recent fashion obsessions.


Our movie critic J. Hoberman reviewed the “intermittently grandiose” and “ridiculously grandiloquent” “Prometheus,” starring Michael Fassbender.

— Graham Fuller discussed Todd Solondz’s preference for “manchild” protagonists with the director, as featured in his new film “Dark Horse,” starring Jordan Gelber, Mia Farrow, and Christopher Walken.

Kathleen Turner, Liv Tyler, and Tracie Bennett talked drinking, stage endurance, and “The Graduate” in the Rainbow Room, a shrine to Judy Garland — Patrick Pacheco sat in.

Danny Brown’s addictive summer jam “Grown Up” got an autobiographical music video featuring a pint-sized version of the rapper.

— After “The Other Woman” episode of “Mad Men,” you might’ve expected showrunner Matt Weiner to let things settle. Instead, the shocks kept on coming