WEEK IN REVIEW: Indelible Artist Docs, Bondage Fashion, "30 Rock" Talk, More

WEEK IN REVIEW: Indelible Artist Docs, Bondage Fashion, "30 Rock" Talk, More
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Our most-talked-about stories in Visual Art, Design & Architecture, Fashion & Style, and Performing Arts, January 21- 25, 2013:

ART

— We rounded-up 10 former market darlings, from Ross Bleckner to Damien Hirst, whose golden years have waned. 

 

—  Our staff chose 20 must-watch documentaries for every art lover, including last year’s feature on Gerhard Richter’s laborious studio practice, “Gerhard Richter Painting,” (2011) and the ever-controversial Ai Weiwei’s unwavering “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” (2012).

— Terri Ciccone combed the vast promise land of Pinterest to find 10 art institutions that had the most visually captivating boards.

— ARTINFO Canada editors Sky Goodden and Benjamin Bruneau sparked heated debate about diversity with their list of 30 promising Canadian artists.

— Shane Ferro launched a counter attack against art world misogynist Georg Baselitz for his outdated gender-stereotyping of women. 

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE

 

— Janelle Zara highlighted Barcelona designer Bernat Cuni’s – of CrayonCreatures fame – ambitious new ideas for 3-D printing projects, which include fully-customizable adult sex toys.

— While American Airlines has faced widespread criticism for its attempt to reboot its brand with a new, ultra-modern logo (panned by its original logo designer Massimo Vignelli), we reviewed the data of logo design analysis blog Emblemetric. The new logo ended up with better marks than expected.

— Musician Pharrell Williams decided to host Daniel Arsham and Alex Gorlin on the newest installment of his Reserve Channel talk show “ARTST TLK,” and chatted with the designer and architect about Hurricane Sandy, I.M. Pei, and Miami’s exotic birds.

— Object Lessons reported on Oiio Architecture Office’s hypothetical Guggenheim expansion project. Realized, the new construction would raise the iconic building to a whopping 13 winding stories.

— Kelly Chan profiled Olson Kundig Architects’ experimental workplace initiative in Seattle’s Pioneer Square district named [storefront]. Their rotating line-up of programming includes everything from gallery space to mushroom farm. 

FASHION & STYLE

 

— Vanessa Yurkevich spoke to up-and-coming designer Katie Gallagher on camera, whose bondage-inspired looks will be seen on the runway at New York Fashion Week.

— With designers, models, and fashionistas of all walks of life about to descend on New York, we highlighted the 5 most influential New York fashion labels, from Marc Jacobs to Carolina Herrera.

Katie Gallagher, Louise Goldin, Mandy Coon, Siki Im, and Timo Weiland made our list of 5 emerging designers to watch at New York Fashion Week.

— Shifting the focus to the European runways, Chloe Wyma highlighted 5 standout looks from Fashion Week in Stockholm.

­— Models are just as much a part of Fashion Week as the clothing, and ARTINFO found 10 models whose faces will surely stand out next week

PERFORMING ARTS

 

— This week network television faced the end of an era with the last episode of NBC’s “30 Rock,” and Craig Hubert was there with his final thoughts on the epic and hilarious comedy.

— We reported on a lengthy legal battle that is brewing in the film world over Ray Carney’s controversial withholding of filmmaker Mark Rappaport’s archives

­— Larry Blumenfeld looked back at the life of improvisational musician and “conduction” inventor Butch Morris, whose passing was mourned this week.

— Bryan Hood spoke to bassist Dave Hartley of Nightlands about his solo project, and previewed three versions of the album highlight “Nico.”

— Graham Fuller took a look at upcoming Western-spoof “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” written by Seth MacFarlane, in the light of “Django Unchained”’s recent success. 

VIDEO

— Go behind the scenes of some of the week's biggest stories with the staff writers and editors of ARTINFO.com.

 

 

— Katie Gallagher has already shown seven collections at New York Fashion Week and she's only 26. This season she takes a departure from her form-fitting style. In an interview with ARTINFO, we get a sneak peak at her Fall 2013 collection.

 

 

— ARTINFO's Patrick Pacheco sits down with Broadway composer, lyricist and producer Frank Wildhorn to talk about his upcoming "Frank & Friends" concert at NYC's Birdland and "JEKYLL & HYDE'S" return to Broadway this spring.

 

 

— The first train left Grand Central Terminal at 12:01am February 2, 1913. As we mark the 100th birthday of the landmark building, ARTINFO's Vanessa Yurkevich takes a look at the Manhattan transit hub's marvelous art and architecture.

 

 

— "Pollen from Hazelnut" at the MoMa is Wolfgang Laib's largest pollen installation to date. ARTINFO spoke to Laib at the museum's Marron Atrium and discussed about the symbolic nature of his work and its relationship with humaniity.

 

— Vanessa Yurkevich spent a month in Moscow reporting for Blouin News and ARTINFO. Here, she shares her impressions about life in Russia in a Reporter's Notebook.

 

 

— Christie’s turns its focus to Old Masters this week. The auction house will hold five separate sales during a weeklong series of exhibitions and special events, including three annual sales of Old Master Paintings and Old Master Drawings.