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Fashion Photography Is En Vogue, Says the New York Times

This just in: Fashion photography is fashionable again — at least for the upper echelons of the art world. According to the New York Times (and their ever-adept trend-sensors), the middle child discipline oft ignored by both visual art and runway hauteur is once again en vogue, with a domino effect of galleries and museums giving way to fashion photo exhibitions and Irving Penn prints making top dollar at Christie’s. Photographer Peter Lindbergh, whose show opened last week at Gagosian Gallery’s Paris Branch, went so far as to declare to the Times that “Fashion photographers are the new painters.” (He declined, however, to comment on what we might expect to be the new black.)

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Mike Weiss Gallery Now Reps Valerie Hegarty

Artist Valerie Hegarty — who you may remember “destroyed” the Brooklyn Museum’s period rooms last year — has joined Mike Weiss Gallery’s stable. Known for her destructive reimaginings of historical paintings and objects, Hegarty currently has work on view in Rush Arts Gallery’s “Home” group show. Most recently she has shown at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery and Marlborough Chelsea in New York.

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New NYC ID Comes With 33 Museum Memberships

Starting January of next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new municipal identification cards will not only help undocumented immigrants sign leases and meet photo ID requirements, but the cards will also be golden tickets into many of the city’s finest cultural institutions. 33 institutions belonging to the CIG (Cultural Institutions Group) will honor the Municipal ID as a one-year membership with benefits ranging from free admission to museum shop discounts. The 33 CIG members —all private nonprofit institutions on city property — include the Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Laurie Anderson, Choir Boys, and More

Laurie Anderson embodied “Future Feminism” during a performance at the Hole’s new show. Photo courtesy of Danish artist Jesper Just (jesperjust).

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Frieze Announces Artists For 2014 Sculpture Park

Today, Frieze announced the 20 artists who will contribute work to its free sculpture park, on view for the run of both Frieze London and Frieze Masters from October 15 through 19. Curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Director of Programs, Clare Lilley, the Regent’s Park display includes work by Yayoi Kusama, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Thomas Schütte, among others.

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Rocker Nick Cave Wants Your Best Tchotchkes for His Museum

While artist Nick Cave spent the past few years collecting antique store memorabilia for his found object sculptures at Jack Shainman Gallery, musician Nick Cave has been busy collecting, well, important shit. At least that’s what he terms it in his new project “The Museum of Important Shit,” an online photo exhibition to which anyone can submit their most prized trinkets and keepsakes, created in collaboration with filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

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assume vivid astro focus Brings Roller Rink to Buenos Aires

Whether making over a Barney’s with Lady Gaga or exploring transsexuality in geometric psychedelica, assume vivid astro focus always seems to be up to something eye-catching — and now, for the second time, that something has taken the form of a roller rink. Reprising a project they first undertook in 2004 as a tribute to New York’s rollerdance community, the duo is bringing their disco-themed interactive installation to Argentina, for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Faena Hotel Buenos Aires, home to the Faena Arts Center. Dubbed “angeles veloces arcanos fugaces,” the project will also feature an appearance from comedienne and drag performer Lady Bunny.

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Martin Beck Plans 13-Hour Dance Party at MoMA PS1

When Austrian artist Martin Beck premiers his new volume “Last Night” at MoMA PS1’s Print Shop space it will be anything but your typical book launch. From noon on September 27 until 1am the next day (during Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair), Beck will host what press materials are referring to as “a once-in-a-lifetime epic 13-hour dance party.” The festivities are fitting as the new book records all 118 songs that David Mancuso played in his 13-hour set for the Loft’s final Prince Street party on June 2, 1984.

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Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Named 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Alison Bechdel’s name has long been an art press staple in reference to the “Bechdel Test” — a feminist film standard posed by her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1985 — especially since a Swedish cinema started instituting the test as a prerequisite and the idea reentered the Internet echo chamber. Today, however, the cartoonist is making brand new headlines, as it was announced that she has been named one of MacArthur Foundation’s 2014 fellows (AKA, the “genius grant”). In addition to the seminal and decade-spanning “Dykes to Watch Out For,” Bechdel has also authored the graphic memoirs “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” and “Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.” Given the $625,000 of the MacArthur grant, here’s hoping she produces even more boundary-breaking work.
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Bushwick Expo Brings International Galleries to Brooklyn

Bushwick will see the launch of a new international art festival this fall. Titled, “Exchange Rates: The Bushwick Expo,” the event has 24 Bushwick galleries playing host to 28 galleries from the west coast, Europe and Asia. The project has been spearheaded by Bushwick spaces Centotto and Theodore:Art in collaboration with London-based organization Sluice and will run October 23 through 26.

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