Week in Review: Record-Smashing Auctions, "Silver Lining Playbook" Buzz, More

Week in Review: Record-Smashing Auctions, "Silver Lining Playbook" Buzz, More
This week's unveiling of Barneys New York and Disney Electric Holiday
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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. 

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— 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.

— Janelle Zara examined the inluence of design and visual language on Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

— 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.”