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Art World Drinks: A Vera Neumann-Inspired Flower Fizz

Even more refreshing than it is simple, this flowery variation on a gin fizz was inspired by Alexander Gray Associates’ blossoming summer group show of the artwork of designer and artist Vera Neumann. In a salon-style hanging, the gallery presents the flowery watercolors and drawings that were the basis for Neumann’s iconic Vera scarves. We found the cool, floral taste of this cocktail to be a perfect complement to the cheery works in “Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet.”


Instagrams of the Art World: Koons Mania Hits New York, Hydra, Havana, and More

Although we couldn’t be more over it with the hundreds of Jeff Koons instagrams in our feed this week, it would be a serious omission not to include a few. Here’s Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis’s (elisabethtnt) hilarious pic of her mom Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, posing in front of Koons’s terrifying purple sex sculpture from the “Made in Heaven” series.


Traveling Chuck Jones Exhibit Could Head to the Academy Museum in 2018

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures isn’t slated to open in Los Angeles until 2017, but it may already be planning one of its first shows. Though Academy Museum spokeswoman Morgan Kroll says it’s not confirmed yet, the Los Angeles Times reported this morning that the museum is a strong candidate to be one of the future stops for the traveling exhibition “What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones,” which will launch a five-year, 13-city tour at the Museum of the Moving Image in Long Island City on July 19. (more…)

Jane Campion Hopes to Adapt Rachel Kushner’s “The Flamethrowers”

Rachel Kushner’s hit novel “The Flamethrowers” was adored by literary and art world fans alike when it was published in 2013, and now it looks like it may be getting the big screen treatment from Palme d’Or-winning director Jane Campion. (more…)

“Ren and Stimpy” Artist Teams Up With Miley Cyrus

An unlikely but perhaps brilliantly appropriate pairing has taken shape, bringing together pop music’s bad girl of the moment, Miley Cyrus, and Nickelodeon’s bad boy of the ’90s, Ren and Stimpy animator John Kricfalusi. (more…)

Meme Alert: Meet “Sci-Fi Ai” Weiwei

Yesterday, news broke that Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is the star of a new short sci-fi film called “The Sandstorm,” recently shot in Beijing by director Jason Wishnow with cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Ai plays a smuggler in a dystopian world without water. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to reimagine Ai in some of our favorite films. We’ve got him bouncing between cyberpunk and steampunk, dabbling in literary-inspired fantasy, and even stepping in for Harrison Ford as Han Solo to pilot the Millennium Falcon (see above).


John Maloof On “Finding Vivian Maier”

In 2007, John Maloof, a 26-year-old real estate agent, bought a box of old photographs and negatives at a storage unit auction in Chicago. The contents turned out to be the work of a longtime nanny named Vivian Maier, who was also secretly a prolific artist whose work resembled the great street photographers of the 1950s and ’60s. Since then, interest in the work has exploded, culminating in coverage by every major news outlet, two shows at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, and, most recently, a documentary that Maloof co-directed with Charlie Siskel, which debuts in theaters today. ARTINFO’s Ashton Cooper caught up with Maloof to ask about making the film, creating an archive of 100,000 photographs, and how Vivian Maier changed his life.


Lady Gaga Gallery to Hit NYC

In case New Yorkers didn’t get quite enough of Lady Gaga’s arty antics with Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, and Inez & Vinoodh at her ARTPOP release party last November, the art-obsessed pop star is returning to the city, this time to launch the Lady Gaga Gallery. The pop-up gallery is at THE OUT NYC, a hotel in Times Square, and isn’t really showing contemporary art, but functions more as a promotion for Gaga’s recently released “G.U.Y.” video and seven upcoming shows at Roseland Ballroom. From March 28 through April 10,  the costumes, props, and other ephemera from the  G.U.Y. video will be on view.


Nicholas Lowry Talks “Antiques Roadshow”

“Antiques Roadshow” fans, some of your questions about the mysteries of on-air appraisal magic have been answered. In an extensive interview published Tuesday morning, A.V. Club’s John Teti probed Nicholas D. Lowry, longtime auctioneer for the show and president of Swann Galleries, about the nuances of the program’s appraisals and some his most memorable experiences from the road. (more…)

Instagrams of the Art World: Kiki Smith, Olaf Breuning, RIP Jan Hoet

Half Gallery’s Bill Powers clearly has some explaining to do. (more…)