Week in Review: "Gallery Girls" Premiered, Google Wonders Unveiled, Hirst Capped Olympics, and More

Week in Review: "Gallery Girls" Premiered, Google Wonders Unveiled, Hirst Capped Olympics, and More
One of the rooms of the exhibition that includes video projections, models, posters and Kandor 17.
(Illustration by ARTINFO/Photo by Lovis Dengler )

Our most-talked-about stories in Art, Design & Architecture, Fashion & Style, and Performing Arts, August 13-17, 2012:


— After months of preparation, Bravo's "Gallery Girls" premiered; Chloe Wyma recapped the first episode of the deliciously trashy show, while actual citizens of the art world shared their disapproving reactions.

— Artist Neil Rivas called for the deportation of beloved superheroes including Thor, Superman, and Wonder Woman in a project questioning U.S. immigration policies.

Ben Davis looked at the Watermill Center's Mike Kelley tribute exhibition through the lens of the late artist's growing disillusionment with the art world in the months before his suicide.

— Shane Ferro parsed the financial statements of six American artists' foundations — including the Warhol Foundation, the Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation — to see how they spend their money.

New York Academy of Art president David Kratz spoke out against Facebook's policy of censoring nude art in an op-ed.


Google unveiled its Google World Wonders Project, which lets users explore major cultural heritage sites like Stonehenge and Versailles in a Street View-style display.

— London unveiled its plans to transform the Olympic park into a booming community.

— French artist Xavier Veilhan discussed a series of new installations he created while living in Richard Neutra's famous VDL Research House.

— Janelle Zara looked at the six most brilliant lights to come out of the current designer lightbulb trend.

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams's plan to demolish his San Francisco home — a 1911 classic of the Arts and Crafts movement designed by Louis Christian Mullgardt — drew his neighbors' ire.


— Ann Binlot looked back on the illustrious career of influential (and 11-year-old) fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson.

Helen Gurley Brown, the powerful editor of Cosmopolitan for 32 years, died.

Lady Gaga defended her conspicuous fondness for wearing fur.

— Curator and former National Arts Club staffer Stacy Engman showed off her must-have fashion accessories.

— Ann Binlot and Caitlin Petreycik marked Coco Chanel's 129th birthday by chronicling 11 trends she spearheaded.


— New York's Downtown art set organized a Pussy Riot solidarity reading the night before the three members of the group were sentenced to two years in prison, capping an absurd trial.

— The London Olympic Games closed with a lackluster musical finale featuring Madness, the Spice Girls, and a giant Union Jack spin painting by Damien Hirst.

— Danish auteur Lars von Trier took to the Internet to crowd-source his forthcoming video art project "Gesamt."

— Graham Fuller deemed the new based-on-real-events thriller "Compliance" "the most harrowing American film of the year."

Jesse Eisenberg signed on to star in Kelly Reichardt’s fortcoming eco-terrorism drama "Night Moves" alongside Dakota Fanning.