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The Onion or the Art World?: Cattelan’s “Shit and Die” Show Clarifies Its Title

As part of In the Air’s intrepid art world coverage, we’re introducing an exciting new feature that answers the age-old question, “Is it an Onion article, or just the art world?” Because sometimes these headlines just seem to good to be true, but then they are, and that’s even better.

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The Armory Show Announces 2015 Focus Section

At next year’s Armory Show, the fair will highlight art from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean in its special Focus section. Curated by Omar Kholeif, of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, the section will be hung salon-style and also include site-specific projects and a symposium. Arts and education non-profit Edge of Arabia will collaborate on the presentation.

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Art Reads: “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present”

This fall is shaping up to be a big moment for fiber art exhibitions. A few weeks ago, New York’s Drawing Center opened its great show “Thread Lines” and today the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston will debut its new show “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present.” If, like us, you might not have a chance to see the show in person, the exhibition catalogue is an amazing resource for anyone interested in learning more about the medium.

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Prince William Portrait Sale to Benefit WWI Memorial Fund

In gearing up for the centenary of World War I, British cultural outlets seem to be firing on all cylinders — perhaps most titillating, the proposed Tom Hiddleston–Benedict Cumberbatch in-the-trenches team-up. And over at Bonhams, it’s no different: Today, the auction house will offer up a new portrait of Prince William, estimated at £8,000 to £10,000, all proceeds of which will be donated to the Victoria Cross Trust and the War Memorials Trust, both of which work to restore landmarks dedicated to preserving the memory of WWI veterans.

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Ryan McNamara to Stage Encore of “Misty Malarky Ying Yang” on the High Line

Ryan McNamara sent out an email today announcing that he would be staging an encore performance of his well-received “Misty Malarky Ying Yang” on the High Line next week. Scheduled to take place at 6:30 on October 8, the presentation will start at the park’s Gansevoort Street entrance. In case you didn’t catch it in July, the performance features four spandexed dancers reciting Jimmy Carter’s 1979 “Malaise Speech.” Named after Carter’s daughter’s cat, the performance coincides with the 35th anniversary of the speech.

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SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection Head to France in 2015

In advance of SFMOMA’s reopening in 2016, a selection of the museum’s American masterworks will be on view in France in 2015 — first at Paris’s Grand Palais from April 8 through Jun2 22, then at the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence from July 9 to October 18. “American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection” brings together highlights from SFMOMA’s permanent collection with pieces from the Donald and Doris Fisher collection — a partnership that will continue into the museum’s 2016 program. Among the sixty paintings and sculptures traveling abroad are boldfaced names such as Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Cy Twombly, Ellsworth Kelly, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others.

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Ryoji Ikeda is the Next Times Square Midnight Moment Artist

For the next artwork in the monthly Midnight Moment series, Times Square Arts and the Times Square Advertising Coalition have chosen artist Ryoji Ikeda’s ode to barcodes and binary code “test pattern [times square].” Lasting from 11:57pm to midnight each night in October, the film will splash “tightly synchronized, flickering black-and-white imagery mining data for mathematical beauty” across Times Square billboards.

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Here are the Projects in Survey, Miami Basel’s New Section for Historical Work

Art Basel in Miami Beach has just released details about Survey, its brand new section devoted to “art-historical projects” (read: art that was made a few decades ago). The thirteen projects cover quite a bit of ground, ranging from a group show of female geometric abstractionists to a solo presentation of Chilean political artist Lotty Rosenfeld.

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Isabella Rossellini’s Kooky “Green Porno” Series Goes Live at LA’s Natural History Museum

If I had to guess, I’d say that when David Lynch accidentally overdoes it on cough medicine, his fever dreams look something like Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno.” Hosted on the Sundance Channel beginning in 2008, the series features the actress demonstrating, in what could very loosely be termed an educational context, the sexual habits of various insects and sea creatures. And yes, “demonstrating” means standing in front of a crudely drawn set in a series of spandex costumes, acting out her own lilting narration and sometimes chiming in with oddly lascivious dialogue. Fans of “The Daily Show” may recall when Jon Stewart featured a topical episode of the series in 2010, during New York’s bedbug epidemic. “Is this going to get weird?” he asked sheepishly into the camera, and was promptly answered by a close-up of Rosselini’s bedbug-costumed head cooing “He ejaculates into my wound!” Perhaps a better question, then, would be, “Could this get any weirder?” Enter, the prospect of “Green Porno Live!”

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Fergus McCaffrey to Open St. Barths Location

It was just four months ago that gallerist Fergus McCaffrey opened his new, giant Chelsea location on West 26th Street. Now, McCaffrey has announced even more expansion plans with a second location in Carribean getaway for the super rich, St. Barthélemy. Set to open this November, the 600-square-foot space will be the island’s first permanent art gallery, according to press materials. And lest you think McCaffrey shows any signs of slowing down, his third Tokyo location is set to open sometime in 2015.

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