The Trend Report: Cultural Circle

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment, 2001

A 360-degree view of the artists, shows, books, and places on our radar this season. And there’s even something for the kiddies.

The Organizer

Need help keeping track of it all? Our favorite new toy is the BlackBerry Bold 9000, which uses HSDPA networks and GPS—helpful when you’re searching for that hole-in-the-wall art gallery.

For the Kids

Looking for Miza (Scholastic), the true tale of a lost baby gorilla in the Congo—with a happy ending—was written by father-daughters team Craig, Isabella, and Juliana Hatkoff, as well as Dr. Paula Kahumbu. Phaidon, meanwhile, is reissuing the works of influential—and cult favorite—children’s book author Tomi Ungerer, starting with his 1962 classic The Three Robbers.

Moscow Now

No longer a backwater for the cutting-edge art and design crowd, the Russian capital’s latest additions include Philippe Starck’s Cristal Room Baccarat and It girl Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, where Larry Gagosian, Marc Newson, Jeff Koons, and Takashi Murakami have all been spotted.

Avant Guards

Ron Arad, known for his innovative use of materials and forms, is moving into new territory again with his sculptural Bodyguard “chairs”. The designer’s coveted work is on display November through early February in New York at the Friedman Benda gallery and Lever House, followed by a major show that starts at MoMA next summer.

Jumping the Sharks

Nobody pushes the art world’s buttons—and gets away with it—like Damien Hirst. Who else could rake in $200 million by sending a trove of new works directly to Sotheby’s, bypassing his dealers and completely rewriting the rules in the process? The market is still buzzing over what it means and how long it’ll be till other artists follow.

Freudian Grip

If Francis Bacon is now the trophy for collectors, his pal Lucian Freud—the most expensive living artist at 86—isn’t far behind. In November Sotheby’s is selling a $10 million to $15 million nude, and Christie’s has this small portrait, estimated (modestly?) at $1.8 million to $2.5 million.

Get Ready to Rumble

The Jets and the Sharks are finally joining the parade of revivals on Broadway. A March opening
of West Side Story is planned after a month long run at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.

The New Antiques

Tapping the contemporary design boom, the antiques dealership Mallett created Meta, a new division that commissions made-to-order wow pieces—like Tord Boontje’s Fig Leaf armoire—all using historical materials and methods.

Youth is Served

Elizabeth Peyton—whose touching, insouciant paintings of friends, artists, and pop culture heroes are a portrait of youth and fame at the turn of the 21st century—stars at New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art through January 11.