WEEK IN REVIEW: Art and the Fiscal Cliff, Pirating Zaha Hadid in China, More

WEEK IN REVIEW: Art and the Fiscal Cliff, Pirating Zaha Hadid in China, More
The Piazza Venezia in Rome, where a massive Hadrian-era arts center was uncovered.
(Photo courtesy Giuseppe Moscato via Flickr / Illustration by ARTINFO)

Our most-talked-about stories in Visual Art, Design & Architecture, Fashion & Style, and Performing Arts, December 31, 2012 - January 4, 2013:


— The deal to stop the perilous tumble down the fiscal cliff will have both positive and negative results for the art world, and Rachel Corbett listed six of the most significant.


— Chloe Wyma examined the current exhibition “Materializing Six Years: Lucy Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art” at the Brooklyn Museum, and pondered the relevancy of conceptual art four decades after Lucy Lippard’s seminal book.

— The village of Bonnieux in the south of France contains the Couvent d'Ô, with a chapel that houses sculptures Louise Bourgeois crafted especially for the former convent space, and Benjamin Sutton related his visit to the offbeat art pilgrimage site.

— “One on One” at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art has rooms experienced individually with installations and art environments, and Alexander Forbes explained why it was the most important Berlin exhibition of 2012.

— Who better to review the new youth-oriented National Museum of Mathematics than a coalition of grade schoolers? Kate Deimling accompanied the child critics to “MoMath to rate its success in encouraging enthusiasm for calculating.   


— A replica of Zaha Hadid’s Wangjing SOHO building is being constructed in China by “pirate developers,” and Kelly Chan looked at its part in a new wave of counterfeit architecture clones.

— The MoMA announced that this June they will open the largest exhibition on the modern architect Le Corbusier ever staged in New York.

— A massive Hadrian-era arts center was uncovered in Rome, and believed by some to be the greatest unearthed discovery in the city since the Forum.

— The bolt strength of the new Barclays Center was revealed to be faulty, long before its grand opening.

— Janelle Zara wrote that Jean Nouvel’s Paris Philharmonie escaped the large arts cuts in France, and is still planned to be built in the Parc de Villette


— The Spring/Summer 2013 Meadham Kirchhoff collection has been unveiled with a sugary baroque spectacle of a film on their website, and Nicholas Remsen explored their sartorial direction, along with their recent hyperactive involvement with menswear.

— With David Bowie, a Metropolitan Museum punk party, and dandies galore, Ann Binlot selected some of the most promising fashion exhibitions of 2013.

Pitti Immagine Uomo, the biannual tradeshow for sharp-dressed men, arrives next week, and Heather Corcoran ranked five reasons for fashionable gents to get excited.

— The sprawling red carpets with their flitting stars and starlets offered numerous fashion highlights in 2012, and ARTINFO chronicled some favorites.

Steven Kolb, the CEO at the Council of Fashion Designers of America, talked to Lee Carter about his new gig and its unique aspects, like working with Diane von Furstenberg.


Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” has returned, and J. Hoberman considered this popular artistic portrayal of the passage of time.

— With masks and rants about the media, Kanye West arrived in 2013 with the promise of a year of crazy ahead.

Nina Hoss stars as the title character in Christian Petzold’s new feature “Barbara,” and Bryan Hood spoke to the actress on the DDR-set film and her longtime collaboration with the director.

— Craig Hubert discussed the role of silence in music with musician and composer William Basinski, whose “The Disintegration Loops” were rereleased this past fall.  

— If the biopic “Rodham” was produced, could Scarlett Johansson pull off a portrayal of a young Hillary Clinton? Graham Fuller speculated


— Vanessa Yurkevich reported from Moscow on Aidan Salakhova’s exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, which involves a modern feminine take on hijabs.