In Brief: Olympic City Project in NYC, Fresh Website for Elle Decor, Albers Foundation Makes Fab Debut

Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Barcelona. ©2012 The Olympic City Project

• It’s all systems go for Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack’s The Olympic City, a photography project that looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around the world. Having raised $66,162 through Kickstarter and racked up major frequent flyer miles, the duo is staging a guerrilla exhibition of their work in progress to coincide with the London Games (the project is slated for completion early next year, and Paul Sahre has signed on to design the book). “The Post-Olympic City” opens this evening at New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture. Can’t make it to NYC? Follow the project on its new website.

• Also debuting a fresh online home is Elle Decor, which today relaunched its website with bigger photos, faster slideshows, and a more user-friendly layout. And don’t miss Karl Lagerfeld’s list of must-haves, including his favorite sketching tools: Caran d’Ache pencils, S. T. Dupont pens, and Shu Uemura eye shadows.

• Art critic Robert Hughes died yesterday in New York. He was 74. “Bob was a complex man, confident and filled with doubt,” writes his friend and fellow Aussie Peter Carey today in the Guardian. “He possessed a thrilling sort of energy. He was wilful, ambitious, needful of his friends, then not at all. He was as generous in his support of fellow writers as he was with his cellar (which word evokes a vision of Bob carving one of his bloody legs of lamb with the gusto of a sensualist).”

• Get your Josef Albers and Anni Albers fix online, with the Albers Foundation’s debut on Fab. Among the items on offer (for a limited time!) on the designcentric flash sale sale are DIY Anni jewelry kits, a Josef typography card set that includes an Architype Albers font stencil, and “Homage to the Square” magnetic post-it notes that are sure to make you the envy of your workplace.

• That smashing Tom Sachs work we told you about recently was the toast of last weekend’s Aspen ArtCrush gala, which raised a whopping $1.8 million to benefit the Aspen Art Museum’s educational programming and exhibitions. On hand to accept this year’s Aspen Award for Art, Sachs watched as his “Poche Vide” fetched $155,000, the highest price of the evening’s auction.