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Orlando Bloom: “Sculpture Was My Thing”

2014 has been quite a year for misguided celebrity art ventures (more on that soon), but it appears that we thankfully managed, at least for the time being, to escape one. In an interview with Glamour magazine, and spotted by Gawker, Middle Earth heartthrob and Justin Bieber sparring partner Orland Bloom claims he isn’t just an actor. Nope. He’s also an artist. Or at least once was. Back when he was cool. Continue Reading

Instagrams of the Art World: Gavin Brown’s Christmas List, and More

This week, by far our favorite Instagram discovery has got to be the beautiful geniuses over at FoolsDoArt, two Squarespace employees who spend their free time recreating classic artworks with office supplies and raw determination. If we had our druthers, we’d just do an entire thread of their works — “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” are especially priceless — but we’ve got a whole seven days of phone-snapped artistry to catalogue, and holiday-ish artistry at that. See, below. (And meanwhile, thank you, Washington Post, for devoting virtual column inches to this well worthy phenomenon.)

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Here’s the Frieze New York 2015 Exhibitor List

Frieze New York returns this year from May 14 to 17 with over 190 galleries hailing from 33 countries — including first-timers Acquavella, Blum & Poe, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Matthew Marks, Pace, and Skarstedt. Also new this year is the “Spotlight” section, first introduced at Frieze Masters, which will be dedicated to solo presentations by 20th century artists. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, this inaugural “Spotlight” features 16 galleries but only 15 artists, due to solo presentations for Lynn Hershman Leeson at both San Francisco’s Gallery Paule Anglim and Brussels’s Waldburger Wouters. Check out the full gallery list, below.

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Noguchi Table Sells for Record $4.5M at Phillips

Phillips’ rocking $14.2 million “The Collector: Icons of Design” auction on Tuesday evening was led by Isamu Noguchi’s spectacular and rare “The Goodyear Table, for A. Conger Goodyear” from 1939 that sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for a record $4,450,500. New York dealer Christophe van de Weghe was the underbidder.

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Lisa Oppenheim Wins Israel Museum Photography Prize

On Wednesday, Jerusalem’s Israel Museum announced the winner of the third biennial Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography as American photographer and experimental filmmaker Lisa Oppenheim. Chosen from a pool of 160 applicants spanning 28 countries, Oppenheim will receive $45,000 to continue her prospective project, “Imprint (Shroud of Turin).” Prize jurors included Quentin Bajac, MoMA’s chief photography curator; Monika Faber, founder and director of the Vienna’s Photoinstitut Bonartes; and Galit Eilat, co-curator of the 2014 São Paulo Biennial, among others.

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Museum Gifted $1 Million in Taxidermy by Manhattan Socialite

This past July, a real-estate listing caught our eye — not so much because it promised a “classic six” in the Upper East Side’s star-studded Beresford building, but more importantly, because this particular apartment was covered floor to ceiling with taxidermy. And we mean covered — check out Emily Andrews’s eerie accompanying photospread, in which one end table alone boasts two birds and three rodents beneath a gapless array of moose, ram, and deer heads. Indeed, it’s difficult not to imagine Gregory Speck, the writer-cum-socialite responsible for this Jumanjian decorating job, kicking back like Disney’s Gaston and yodeling proudly, “I use antlers in all of my decorating!” When asked if he would auction off the 200-some pieces in his home once the apartment sold, Speck told the New York Times, “I would rather find somebody that would be so amazed that I’ve done this collection who would want them kept together as a big family.” Now, it appears he’s found that somebody — specifically, the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH), to which Speck handed over 230 pieces with an estimated total worth of $1 million.

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Portlandia’s New Ads Brought to You by Catherine Opie

“Portlandia” returns for its fourth season on January 8th, and though you may well have heard from some other source — friends, Tumblr, artisanal semaphore — we got our news courtesy of photographer Catherine Opie. Opie, who was first and perhaps best known for her no-holds-barred portraits of the queer and kink communities in the 90s, chose to photograph starring duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein first in a more subdued, classical style (below), then also played on the idea of Portland’s worldliness rather literally with an electric-blue globe-themed shot. “My portraits are so quiet and so still, and they’re also really serious, that I was a little bit surprised at first that they wanted to go for my style,” said Opie in a video interview, noting she’s been a “Porlandia” fan since Season 1. “But they wanted that style actually because as a comedian, you don’t need to make comic-looking images.” Check out the full posters, below — and join us in crossing our fingers that next the “Portlandia” marketing team commissions a commercial from Kenneth Anger.

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Video Game Offers Chance to Punch a Claude Monet Painting

Andrew Shannon, the man hilariously described as a “thug” for punching a hole in a Claude Monet painting at the National Gallery of Ireland, has, in addition to his reported six year prison sentence, done something even more amazing: make the internet laugh. “Punch a Monet,” created by Tom Galle, Dries Depoorter, and Eiji Muroichi, is a browser-based game that places you in Shannon’s shoes, allowing you to take out your anger on art history with a few swift swings at the canvas.

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Guggenheim Seeks Readers for On Kawara Exhibition

Keen on reading aloud? Then consider signing up for an hour-long slot in the Guggenheim’s continuous live reading of On Kawara’s ”One Million Years,” which will take place as part of the retrospective “On Kawara – Silence,” set to run February 6 to May 3, 2015. From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the exhibition, a male and a female reader will continue the tradition begun with the work’s first presentation at New York’s Dia Center for the Arts in 1993, taking turns reciting from the lengthy list of years printed in the volumes “One Million Years Past” or “One Million Years Future.” Volunteers are welcome to sign up for more than one session — and just in case the prospect of reciting dates weren’t incentive enough, will receive free admission to the exhibition for the day for their reading. For more information, check out the Guggenheim’s website, or for those who need no more convincing, e-mail with “Volunteer” in the subject line.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Cooper Hewitt Selfies, and More

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