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High Museum Director Announces Retirement

After a 15-year run, High Museum of Art director Michael E. Shapiro has announced plans to retire next summer. During his tenure at the Atlanta institution, Shapiro has overseen the museum’s Renzo Piano-designed expansion, the doubling of its permanent collection, and nearly $230 million in fundraising. The High’s board of directors has announced plans to form a search committee to find the museum’s next head.

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Brooklyn Museum Hosts Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair

For book lovers still not satisfied after MoMA PS1’s Art Book Fair, another book fair is set to open next month — but one with a slightly younger focus. On November 15, the Brooklyn Museum will host the eighth annual Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair. The free event will feature more than 30 Brooklyn-based authors and illustrators with readings by Peter Brown (“My Teacher Is a Monster (No, I Am Not!)”), Scott Menchin (“My Yiddish Vacation”), and Sophie Blackall (“Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News”).

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Dior CEO Sidney Toledano Joins Guggenheim Foundation Board

As announced on Tuesday, Sidney Toledano is the latest edition to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s board of trustees. Toledano has long been a major figure at Christian Dior, first introducing the “Lady Dior” bag in 1995 before being appointed president and CEO of Christian Dior Couture in 1998; under his tenure, Toledano has launched the Christian Dior Fine Jewellery department and Dior Homme. “His experience managing a global business and his shared commitment to the importance of art in the world today will make him a valuable member of the Board of Trustees,” said William L. Mack, the Guggenheim Foundation’s chairman, in a press release. Toledano also serves on the boards of Fendi International and the Institut Français de la Mode, and is president of the John Galliano company.

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See Snoop Dogg’s Painting Process in This Ad for Happy Socks

“For many years in my life, I always felt like painting was something I wanted to do, but I never got a chance to do it,” begins Snoop Dogg at the opening of a promotional video for his collaboration with Swedish company Happy Socks, due out on November 1. As part of their “Art of Inspiration” series, the company asked the hip hop legend to, in his words, “do my thing with canvas, paint, see what we come up with.” (Note: Yes, this absolutely means high-end socks with pot leaves on them.) Though the collaboration was teased shortly thereafter, today the full video has been released via Dazed in all its just-under-4-minute glory, providing invaluable insights into Snoop’s creative process.

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ICI’s Independent Vision Award Goes to Eva Barois De Caevel

On behalf of Independent Curator’s International (ICI), Nancy Spector, deputy director and chief curator of the Guggenheim Foundation, has made her choice for winner of the Independent Vision Curator Award: Eva Barois De Caevel, a Paris-based independent curator, assistant curator of Raw Materials in Dakar, and co-founder of Cartel de Kunst, an international emerging-curator collective. “Eva Barois De Caevel’s unflinching curatorial practice tackles some of today’s most urgent issues, including sexuality and human rights, in a postcolonial world,” Spector explained in a press release. The award, which includes a $3,000 stipend, will be presented to De Caevel on November 17 at ICI’s annual benefit auction.

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Alexi Fung Named Bonhams Managing Director for Hong Kong

Alexi Fung is the new managing director of the Bonhams Hong Kong branch, a post he will take up immediately at the auction house’s new One Pacific Place salesroom. With a focus on Asian 20th century & contemporary art, Fung has previously worked at auction houses in Hong Kong and Japan.

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Miami Project Announces 2014 Exhibitors

Set to sell in Wynwood for the third year in a row, the Miami Project has just announced its 2014 exhibitors. Running from December 2 through 7, the fair will host 68 participants just down the block from Art Miami.

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Mykki Blanco Joins Hood By Air’s MoMA Performance Piece

If you happen to follow Mykki Blanco on Twitter or Instagram, then you know that the rapper-cum-performance artist has been on tour for the better part of two years now, breezing through an impressive list of countries in Europe and Southeast Asia — from a particularly controversial stop in Portugal to a gig in Hanoi’s sole hipster bar. And given her* change of handle on both social media sites, you’re probably also aware of “Gay Dog Food,” the Kathleen Hanna–featuring alter ego album set to drop on October 28, which represents, according to Blanco, “where I hope to go creatively and commercially” — i.e., harder, grimier, genre-bending “creative punk.” What you may not yet know, however, is that Blanco will be back in New York City at long last on October 30 to perform as part of fashion house Hood by Air’s first-ever non-runway presentation, hosted by MoMA’s PopRally.

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Samuel Levi Jones Wins $50,000 Studio Museum Prize

Today the Studio Museum in Harlem announced that it will award its 2014 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize to conceptual artist Samuel Levi Jones. The $50,000 prize is given annually to “an African-American artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise and creativity,” according to press materials. The prize will be given to Jones at the museum’s gala tonight.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Even More Bey and Jay Edition

Jay and Bey turned up in our feed for the third week in a row. Here they are at Frieze checking out a Kerry James Marshall — this time courtesy of Salon 94 founder Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (jeannegr).

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