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Instagrams of the Art World: Philippe Vergne Meets Jeffrey Deitch, and More

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One day after news broke that Dia Art Foundation director Philippe Vergne was slated to be L.A. MOCA’s new director, this image was snapped of Vergne seen here with outgoing MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The two must have been taking in a little theater, as Theaster Gates was performing his 2012 work “See, Sit, Sup, Sing: Holding Court” at the museum as part of its series “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.” Adding further mystery to the image, Jewish Museum deputy director Jens Hoffmann, who took the pic, wrote, “History in the making Philip getting his first check from Jeffrey.” He later clarified, “Jeffry is donating $500 to LA MOCA.” Priceless.

High Line Art director Cecilia Alemani dropped in at Cheim & Read for the Lynda Benglis opening Thursday night.

Art Production Fund’s Yvonne Force Villareal captured artist Alex Katz’s muse, Ada Katz, in front of a work clearly inspired by her at the opening of Katz’s show at Gavin Brown Enterprise.

Street artist JR posted a pic of his installation at the New York City Ballet. Classy!

Artist Anh Duong posted this picture of her portrait of artist/filmmaker/writer and burlesque afficionado Liz Goldwyn (granddaughter of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Samuel Goldwyn) when the subject was 20 and in one of the burlesque costumes from her much-coveted fashion archive.

Art dealer Tim Blum (left) was in Tokyo last night for the opening of Blum & Poe artist Hugh Scott-Douglas’s show “Broken Mule,” at Takashi Murakami’s gallery Kaikai Kiki.

MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach posted this #TBT image from 1984, with the following text: “my best friend thomas and i, narziss and goldmund selfie.”

Here’s the scene at the opening of Retrospective, the new exhibition space by art dealers Zach Feuer and Joel Mesler in Hudson, New York. A lot more kid-friendly than your average gallery opening.

From a Martin Spangenberg performance at MoMA PS1.

Auctioneer Simon de Pury, who recently sold his book on the auction world, took this image of L.A.-based artists Alex Israel and Kathryn Andrews at Gagosian, titled “American Gothic” (title via Sam Orlofsky).

Art adviser and curator Eleanor Cayre captured artist Lucy Dodd being playful with one of her works on the last day of her show “Cake 4 Catfish” at David Lewis gallery.

— Rozalia Jovanovic (@Ruschka)

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