Our most-talked-about stories in Visual Art, Design & Architecture, Fashion & Style, and Performing Arts, October 29 - November 2, 2012:
— In the wake of superstorm Sandy, Julia Halperin reported from ravaged Chelsea and also examined the anticipated cost for galleries, while Sara Roffino visited flooded artists studios in Greenpoint and Allison Meier surveyed the damage to art spaces in DUMBO and Gowanus. Curator Klaus Biesenbach announced he was encouraging volunteers to aid suffering Rockaway Beach this Saturday. Ben Davis looked to what the long-term impact of Sandy on the NYC art world might be.
— For a bit of levity, check out ARTINFO’s list of 10 of the most outlandish artist-branded products, including a Francis Bacon throw pillow for a unique touch of interior design disturbance.
— In Los Angeles, art and entertainment stars were out in force for the LACMA’s glamorous Gucci-sponsored Art + Film gala honoring Stanley Kubrick and Ed Ruscha.
— Over in Singapore, ARTINFO caught up with head of Christie’s in Asia, François Curiel, to talk about the state of the global art market.
— Architect and educator Lebbeus Woods passed away this week, leaving behind a prolific and visionary legacy of conceptual design.
— During one of his many Sandy press conferences, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested the effects of climate change should be considered, and Kelly Chan compared these statements to perspectives in the 2010 MoMA exhibition “Rising Currents.”
— Janelle Zara and Kelly Chan looked at the impact of this week’s storm on architecture in New York, including the small island-based FDR Four Freedoms Park and Governors Island Park, the United Nations, and Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO.
— In honor of Halloween, Janelle Zara collected the items necessary for the most high-design haunted house ever.
— Chicago architect Jeanne Gang will soon make her New York debut, and won’t let the challenge of building around the High Line stand in her way.
— Kate Moss gave a lengthy interview to Vanity Fair, and Lee Carter says we should all cut the aging supermodel some slack.
— Designer Vivienne Westwood continues her fashion activism with a shirt featuring Julian Assange’s image.
— In conjunction with her Barbie-sponsored spring 2013 collection, designer Louise Gray gives the plastic fashionista a punk warrior makeover.
— Rob Pruitt explained the process behind his glittery and vibrant collection for Jimmy Choo to Ann Binlot.
— To support disadvantaged children in the UK, Heidi Klum and other high fashion icons posed without makeup.
— George Clooney is putting together a powerhouse actor stable including Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin for “The Monuments of Men,” his new film on experts uncovering art stolen by Nazis.
— In response to the quick and critically acclaimed rise of rapper Kendrick Lamar, Bryan Hood offered a primer on the rest of the Black Hippy crew of L.A.-born rappers of which he is a member.
— Anti-establishment band Death Grips gave their label Epic some trouble when they leaked their own album for free. Now Epic is working to dissolve the relationship.
— Information on Wes Anderson’s latest film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was finally shared by the director, who stated it would take place in the past in a hotel in the Hungarian capital and be inspired by European writers.
— Tom Chen and Terri Ciccone documented the damage at the Chelsea galleries in Hurricane Sandy’s wake.