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Instagrams of the Art World: #TBTs, Good Reads, and More

Designer Tracy Reese (tracy_reese) dug out this decade-old Vogue shot of Studio Museum director Thelma Golden wearing one of her gold dresses, posing for Lorna Simpson and shot by Annie Lebowitz.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Pi Day, Theremins, and More

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise gallery director Lucy Chadwick (lkchadwick) celebrated Pi Day in supreme style — especially if this picture was taken at 9:26 PM. #neverapologizefornerditude

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Shia LaBeouf Is Live-Streaming His Heartbeat Online

A quick poll: How many of you, on a daily basis, are curious about Shia LaBeouf’s inner organs? Though we would hazard a guess of “not a ton,” those who perked up are in luck. Because now, at Follow-My-Heart.net, there’s a giant candy-pink jewel-cut heart that purports to pulse to the beat of LaBeouf’s own, as transmitted via a live-streaming heart monitor worn while he attends SXSW. Why, you ask? Well, according to a statement released by the actor-turned-conceptual-shock-jock and his collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner (previously of the #IAMSORRY performance art debacle), it has something to do with cat whiskers:

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Q&A: Liz Harris (aka Grouper)’s New Mural at Ballroom Marfa

From March 13 to 15, Ballroom Marfa hosted a mini music and arts festival titled “Marfa Myths,” curated by New York record label Mexican Summer. Timed with the opening of the new Sam Falls show, the event drew a gaggle of artists and musicians to the Texas space to perform, including Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin for a recording residency; Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, who created a “sound bath”; Gregg Kowalsky and his live installation, “Tape Chants”; a short-documentary program; and music from the likes of Iceage, Tamaryn, Weyes Blood, Suicideyear, and more. But one project that caught our eye especially was a semi-permanent outdoor mural in the Marfa Lumberyard by Liz Harris (aka Grouper), a recording artist who melds ambient sounds with graceful melodies, wrapped up in thick, hazy production.

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Checklist: Sotheby’s Partners with eBay, Achenbach Sentenced to Six Years, and More

Sotheby’s Partners with eBay: Today marks the official launch of eBay’s website partnership with Sotheby’s, which will feature live auctions starting on April 1. Though Sotheby’s has featured real-time online bidding on its own site in the past — even a short-lived partnership with eBay in 2003 — this new venture opens the auction house’s reach to eBay’s current 155 million monthly users. The first sale promises photographs by Man Ray, Paul Strand, and László Moholy-Nagy, while the second sale, held on April 2, will feature New York memorabilia, including the old Yankee Stadium sign offered by former player Reggie Jackson. [NYT, NYO, TAN, Bloomberg]

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Instagrams of the Art World: #ABHK, Jay Z, and More

Alex Prager (alexprager) enjoyed her neon-lined view of Hong Kong — where she and many camera-happy cohorts trekked this week for Art Basel Hong Kong (see: #ABHK).

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Instagrams of the Art World: #ArmoryWeek Edition

Robin Cembalest (rcembalest) high-fived Hank Willis Thomas in front of his “Artsy Takeover” piece — easily the single most ’grammed Armory shot.

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Documentarian Albert Maysles Dies at 88

Albert Maysles, the legendary documentarian who, along with his brother David, helped shaped the modern form of documentary, passed away last night at the age of 88. Along with his work as a filmmaker, Albert also founded the Maysles Cinema, which he described as “the only independent film house north of Lincoln Center in Manhattan,” an unfortunate truth. Located in Harlem, they have been doing terrific, under-appreciated work within the New York City film scene for years, and will hopefully continue to do so.

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Exclusive Clip From “Buzzard”: Take This Job and Shove It

It’s rare that a single movie can conjure associations with “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Office Space,” and Knut Hamsun’s 1890 novel “Hunger,” but I had all of those things floating around in my head while watching “Buzzard,” the thoroughly excellent new film from Joel Potrykus, out today in limited release. The exclusive clip below gives you an inkling of the movie’s uniquely strange flavor (Hot Pockets-related pun very much intended). Plot is a loose, baggy thing in “Buzzard,” but the film essentially follows the travails of Marty Jackitansky (Joshua Burge), a listless temp employee who focuses most of his mental energy on figuring out ways to get ahead illicitly. (If Marty had a personal motto, it might be borrowed from Superchunk’s classic “Slack Motherf**ker“: I’m working… but I’m not working for you.) (more…)

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Get a Museum (In a Hallway)

When it comes to vicious sports rivalries, perhaps none is quite so well known (at least to those of us who, frankly, don’t devote much brain space to sports rivalries) as the kneecap-busting feud between 1994 US championship figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. And now, thanks to Upright Citizens Brigade comedians Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins, that rivalry will receive its laudatory museum due — in the hallway of a third-floor Williamsburg walk-up. According to a Washington Post write-up, Olen and Harkins were in need of decoration for their apartment and, after watching the ESPN documentary “30 for 30: The Price of Gold” on Netflix, decided that decoration ought to be pictures of their new favorite figure skaters; they posted a Kickstarter page seeking $75 to print posters at Duane Reade. But much like that one dude’s quest for potato salad, their mission received an unexpectedly passionate following. By the time they breached the $1,000 mark, plans for Matt & Viviana’s Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum had expanded out into the corridor, which they painted a uniform black, and included eBay-sourced memorabilia, fan art, even some oral history commentary from journalist Lois Elfman. And as of Thursday afternoon, the Kickstarter officially closed with a whopping $2,036 — meaning Harding and Kerrigan will indeed be honored with all the prestige this hallway can muster (and by the sweet t-shirt and button swag gifted to the campaign’s backers, below).

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