Our most-talked-about stories in Visual Art, Design & Architecture, Fashion & Style, and Performing Arts, November 12 - 16, 2012:
— No sales slump this week for New York auction houses, which had an epic series of record-breaking sales, including Christie’s Postwar/Contemporary sale (and day sale of work from the Warhol Foundation), Sotheby’s blockbuster in the same category, and Phillips de Pury & Company’s contemporary art sale.
— What’s the secret to Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes’s international art market success? Eileen Kinsella of Art+Auction delved into her vibrant work’s broad appeal.
— This week, the Paris Photo fair opened, and Nicolai Hartvig of ARTINFO France unearthed 10 of its under-the-radar photographic boundary breakers to watch.
— Two members of the Metropolitan Museum of Art filed a lawsuit with the New York State Supreme Court alleging that the art institution's “pay what you wish” policy amounted to consumer fraud.
— The art audience often falls short of reflecting America's diversity, and Ben Davis looked at how that could negatively impact the future of the field.
— The fantastical projects of architect Massimo Scolari are currently on view at the Cooper Union, and Kelly Chan reviewed this retrospective of the Italian architect’s reality-challenging drawings.
— The potentially revolutionary manufacturing methods of 3D printing are visible in both the recent James Bond flick and the schemes of the U.S. military.
— London-based Levitt Bernstein Architects’s proposal for turning disused garages into low-cost housing won the Building Trust’s housing for at-risk urban residents competition.
— The heart-shaped Petra Island holding designs by Frank Lloyd Wright is up for sale.
— The collaboration between Disney and Barneys for this year’s holiday windows was unveiled, and Lee Carter found it a tone-deaf portrayal of the fashion industry.
— Greg Chait of cashmere label The Elder Statesman was honored with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize, and Ann Binlot dug up some details on the bearded South Californian.
— Kristen Stewart hit the “Breaking Dawn: Part 2” red carpet in a flesh-toned, sheer number that made Chloe Wyma question whether this may be the end of diaphanous dress mania.
— Earlier this year, Diego Della Valle announced his plans to relaunch the Schiaparelli line, and Katharine K. Zarrella speculated on its potential for success.
— Nicolas Ghesquière is leaving Balenciaga, and Chloe Wyma offered some candidates to take the incomparable designer’s place.
— “Silver Lining Playbook,” which stole the show at the Toronto Film Festival, is one to watch for in the upcoming Oscars, according to J. Hoberman.
— Cannibal Ox, the underground hip-hop duo that put out the revered 2001 album “The Cold Vein,” is sort of reuniting.
— Musicians of all types have banded together against the Internet Radio Fairness Act that would cut artist royalties. Craig Hubert wonders why it took them so long.
— With the second season still airing, production has already started on the third season of HBO’s “Girls.”
— The second teaser trailer for “The Canyons” was released, and Bryan Hood found it somehow even stranger than the Instagram-filtered first.
— ARTINFO interviewed Montreal-based Mac DeMarco on his edgy and weird debut full-length rock album “2.”