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Checklist: Katy Perry Video Channels Mondrian, Philly Museum Gets $5M, and More

Katy Perry Video Channels Mondrian: The recently released music video for Katy Perry’s new single “This is How We Do” has a distinctly arty theme. The video opens with a scene in a gallery in which Perry occupies the painting hanging on the wall and later shows the singer in Piet Mondrian-inspired garb. So De Stijl-ish. [MTV]

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Instagrams of the Art World: Val Kilmer, President Obama, Bob Ross, and More

Artist Enoc Perez (enocperez) posted this paparazzi-style photo with none other than Val Kilmer. Wonder what those two were up to…

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Art Bars: Cafe Dancer Choreographs Your Night Out

Formerly a crepe shop and a denim boutique, the 600-square foot space at 96 Orchard Street is now home to the artist-run bar Cafe Dancer. Impeccable online review service Yelp attests to the fact that ”this is the coolest bar in the LES staffed entirely by dancers, and not the Coyote Ugly kind, but the artistic kind.” And hey, they’re right: co-proprietors Jessie Gold and Elizabeth Hart are indeed dancers; Hart also plays bass for the band Psychic Ills. (And if any of the bartenders ever clambered on to the bar to serve shots in cut-off t-shirts, one would imagine it would merely be part of a performance project, perhaps accompanied by atonal saxophone.)

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At ArtCrush in Aspen, a Crushing Success

In the entry hall of collectors Amy and John Phelan’s Aspen home currently hangs a canvas that reads, “We gave a party for the Gods, and the Gods all came.” It’s a small work in comparison to the wall-size Raquib Shaw that hangs across from it and has far less star power than the significant works by Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Jack Pierson that lie across the threshold. But when the Phelans host Wine Crush, the bold-face name-studded, oenophilic event that kicks off the Aspen Art Museum’s annual Art Crush gala benefit weekend, the statement transforms from aspiration to truism.

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Checklist: Hirst’s Town Gets Go Ahead, Lucian Freud’s Son Loses Suit, and More

— Hirst’s Town Gets Go Ahead: The seaside town outside of Ilfracombe that Damien Hirst has been plotting to build for years has received official approval from the North Devon council’s planning committee. Some locals have complained that the project, which is set to have 750 homes, a school, playgrounds, shops, offices and a health center, is too large. “Several members of the public spoke at the meeting, some saying the scheme was too big for the town and would put a huge strain on its roads and services,” wrote the North Devon Gazette. [TAN]

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Experimental Filmmaker and Video Artist Harun Farocki Dies at 70

Legendary experimental filmmaker Harun Farocki, whose films and installations critiqued institutions of power and explored complicated relationships with the image, passed away yesterday at the age of 70. The German magazine Monopol confirmed the news this morning.

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Here’s a New Museum-Shaped Skateboard

The New Museum has announced a collaboration with Chapman Skateboards on a limited run of 150 skate decks that are shaped like the museum’s Bowery building. The New York-based skateboarding company worked with the museum to create the $125 deck, which is inspired by the New Museum’s 2012 skateboard window installation by Canyon Castator and Richard Duff.

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Under 20s Get in Free to the Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is changing its admissions policy and letting teenagers into the museum for free. The news, however, isn’t so good for those 20 and over. The suggested general admission fee for adults will increase from $12 to $16 on September 3.

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A Proven CEO Takes the Reins at Phillips, With Plans to Recruit Talent

If anyone is questioning the intent of Edward Dolman, the newly appointed 54-year-old CEO and chairman of Phillips, to take on the entrenched duopoly of Christie’s and Sotheby’s, get ready for some talent-poaching from those quarters. Artinfo has learned that Dolman has a green light from the deep-pocketed Mercury Group owners of Phillips, to offer business-getters and specialists equity in the company, as well as a chance to share in profits from the individual departments they would run, if they jump ship.

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Russell Simmons Talks Carrie Mae Weems and His Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

Over the weekend, Russell and Danny Simmons hosted the 15th annual Art For Life benefit in Watermill, NY to raise funds for their Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation. For the past 19 years, the foundation has given inner-city youth access to the arts and provided exhibition opportunities to emerging artists.  Among the organization’s projects is the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series — a contest that gives artists the chance to have their work shown in a showcase at Scope Miami Beach in December. We caught up with Russell Simmons to talk about his organization’s anniversary, his love of Carrie Mae Weems, and his special plans for Miami.

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