Week in Review: Election Art, Lagoon Tables, NYT Trend Pieces, and More

Week in Review: Election Art, Lagoon Tables, NYT Trend Pieces, and More
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Our most-talked-about stories in Art, Design & Architecture, Fashion & Style, and Performing Arts, October 1 - 5, 2012:


— Julia Halperin’s feature for Art+Auction offered the most extensive look yet at the economy of the event-based art world, adding up all the rising costs to dealers of participation in the global circuit of fairs. (She even dug up the booth prices for 13 different high-profile fairs.)


— Chloe Wyma recapped the last episode of Bravo’s reality TV show “Gallery Girls,” and then gave her final thoughts on what the show meant.

— Sara Roffino explored some of the presidential election-inspired art and exhibitions that are appearing in the lead up to November voting.

— In anticipation of next week’s contemporary art auctions in London, Rachel Corbett asked art advisors, collectors, and dealers about what trends to watch


— Janelle Zara met legendary Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce and spoke with him about his latest exhibition of lagoon-shaped tables and the state of architecture in the 21st century.

— Swedish company IKEA was discovered to have removed images of women from its catalogues in Saudi Arabia, and has since issued an apology.

— Curved façades on school buildings were banned by the British government as part of its new building guidelines. 

— The Phoenix home that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son was saved, at least for now, from demolition.

— Architect Frank Furness is being featured for his innovative design in a retrospective at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts


— Caitin Petreycik offered an incomplete history of New York Times trend pieces, looking at the Grey Lady's obsession with things like chipped nail polish and the “death of the dress.”

— Paris Fashion Week concluded Wednesday, with highlights including several designers inspired by art, from Marc Jacobs drawing on Daniel BurenRick Owens inspired by Gustav Klimt, and Ennio Capasa collaborating with Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

— Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley curated an exhibition on the Little Black Dress at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, and Ann Binlot spoke with him about the iconic garment.

— Lee Carter looked at the “Chloé Attitudes” exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, and spoke with curator Judith Clark.

— Katharine K. Zarrella reviewed Hedi Slimane’s debut collection for Saint Laurent


—J. Hoberman looked back on the film “Up Tight,” which flopped when released in 1968, now available on DVD from Olive.

— The trailer for “Parker,” featuring Jason Statham as the title character from the books by Donald E. Westlakewas released.

— Bryan Hood compared and contrasted the new music videos for Miguel’s “Do You…” and The Weeknd’s “Rolling Stone.”

— David Blaine’s will stand on a 20-foot-hight platform at Pier 54 for three days straight, allowing people around the world to electrocute him, starting this Friday.

— Bryan Hood reviewed the new five-song EP from the Dum Dum Girls


— SandenWolff went inside the studio of painter Natalie Frank, whose exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser opens this week.