Our most-talked-about stories in Art, Design & Architecture, Fashion & Style, and Performing Arts, July 30-August 3, 2012:
— Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s “View from the Window at Le Gras” from 1826, the world's oldest photograph, headed to Mannheim's Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen for its first showing in Europe in over 50 years.
— Modern Painters magazine completed its survey of the 50 most exciting collectors under 50 — which it began last week.
— Benjamin Sutton visited Olana, the faux-Persian estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church in upstate New York.
— British street artists spoke out against the police crackdown on graffiti during the London Olympics.
— Kelly Chan sized up the Louvre's forthcoming Islamic art galleries.
— Janelle Zara surveyed a host of amenities airports are hoping will make travelers' long waits less tedious.
— The London Olympics' inventively durable infrastructural architecture reaffirmed the UK's knack for building well-designed public utilities.
— Conservationists and starchitects rallied to rescue Bertrand Goldberg's brutalist Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago from demolition.
— A new memory game based on the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright sought to teach tots architecture.
— This week in Olympian fashion, Alanna Martinez looked back on Olympic gymnastics leotard design trends of the past three decades, the UK's top milliners adorned London statues with hats, and die-hard sports fans got Olympics-themed nail art.
— Nate Freeman surveyed the six strangest picks from Vanity Fair's annual International Best-Dressed List.
— A torrential downpour didn't dampen the spirits of attendees at the Watermill Center's annual Big Bang benefit, which raised $1.5 million.
— In hot pursuit of the food truck trend, the fashion truck trend got rolling.
— Target tapped Karlie Kloss to be the face of the campaign for its new campaign for its CFDA line.
— Coline Milliard praised filmmaker Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the London Olympics, choreographer Akram Khan criticized NBC for cutting his memorial to victims of the London bombings from its opening ceremony broadcast, Ben Davis considered Martin Creed's pre-Olympics participatory bell-ringing performance an apt metaphor for the UK's political ideology, and 2016 host city Rio de Janeiro sent a delegation of artists to perform operation Rio Occupation London.
— The Iranian government threatened to boycott this year's Venice Film Festival in retaliation for European countries' trade sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation.
— Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" dethroned the long-standing champ, Orson Welles's "Citizen Kane," in Sight and Sound's latest once-a-decade poll to determine the best film ever.
— Nina Arianda landed the part of Italian actress Giulietta Masina in the forthcoming Frederico Fellini biopic "Fellini Black and White."
— New Museum curator Gary Carrion-Murayari gave ARTINFO a tour of the museum's current Nathalie Djurberg exhibition: