Our most-talked-about stories in Visual Art, Design & Architecture, Fashion & Style, and Performing Arts, December 17 - 21, 2012:
As 2012 draws to a close, the editors at ARTINFO have been taking a look back at the most important stories, events, and changes over the past year. See our full coverage online in our "Year in Review" section by clicking here.
— Julia Halperin gave an in-depth overview of the growing online businesses and start-ups of the art world, and how these sites can be influential players in the current and future market.
— ARTINFO staff members rated depictions of art in pop culture for their accuracy and effort, from the ridiculous to the realistic, including “The Big Lebowski,” “Girls,” and “Wall Street.”
—Carroll Dunham answered questions about his comic and vulgar recent paintings of naked ladies and landscapes, currently at Gladstone Gallery.
— Stefania Bortolami of Bortolami Gallery in New York gave an overview of her life as an art dealer, including her first gallery in Barcelona and the challenges of working for the bottom line.
— Yasmine Mohseni listed five not-to-be-missed exhibitions currently on in L.A., including solo shows from Wangechi Mutu, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Soo Kim.
— Janelle Zara chronicled the year in ironic objects, including chalkboard iPhones and an Instagram-ready digital camera, and wondered what the nostalgic aesthetic says about contemporary design.
— An anonymous benefactor saved the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Phoenix that was facing imminent demolition by developers.
— Foster + Partners’ plans for the interior of the New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building were released, and Reid Singer inspected the beautiful, while misleading, architectural illustrations.
— The Preston Bus Station, a Brutalist transit hub built in 1969, was withheld renovation funding at this week’s city council meeting in Lancashire, making its destruction appear inevitable.
— UK-based critic Owen Hatherley published a discussion on the symbiosis between modern architecture and photography this week, and Kelly Chan considered his arguments.
— From the Teacher’s Pet to the Overexposed, Heather Corcoran and Nicholas Remsen looked at the year-in-review for “Fashion High,” with all its catfights, gossip, and breakdowns.
— Lela Rose gave a video interview on her fashion designs, that have their artistic inspiration in Clyfford Still’s vibrant colors, Gerhard Richter’s scrapped-painted canvases, and Jim Hodges’s spider webs.
— Jenny Postle, half of London-based duo Leutton Postle, talked to Nicholas Remsen on the label’s collaborative nature and Eurovision-inspired blended textiles.
— Artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme recently published “The Unknown Hipster Diaries,” a genre-defying book compiled from his blog “The Unknown Hipster” on his bumbling adventures in high art and haute fashion.
— Coming in July, the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting “From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the ’80s” of theatrical underground club style, with a mini-club of its own for visitors.
— Craig Hubert gave A&E’s teaser for “Bates Hotel,” the upcoming series based on the films of Alfred Hitchcock, must-watch approval for its promising dark tone.
— Frank Ocean clarified that he doesn’t plan to stop making music, a relief to fans of his “Channel Orange” that’s topping many of the best of the year lists, but he does want to write a novel.
— Yvonne Meier’s early ’90s volatile dance installation “The Shining,” featuring a maze of hundreds of cardboard boxes, was reconstructed in all its chaos at New York Live Arts (and a secret Brooklyn location).
— Angelina Jolie is directing an upcoming film on long-distance runner and 1936 Berlin Olympian Louis Zamperini, and Graham Fuller looked at the appeal of this story of survival.
— J. Hoberman reviewed the introspective thriller “Barbara,” with its nuanced look at East and West Germany in the time of the DDR.
— Tom Chen visited Ann Hamilton’s “The Event of a Thread” at the Park Avenue Armory, involving swings, accordions, pigeons, and one billowing sheet, and talked to the artist about her large-scale installation.