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Instagrams of the Art World: Emily Ratajkowski Nabs Painting, JR Hits Istanbul, and More

Collector Stefan Simchowitz (stefansimchowitz) posted this shot of model Emily Ratajkowski (of “Blurred Lines” fame), who was apparently pouting because she couldn’t keep this Zachary Armstrong piece — or at least, that’s how we’ve chosen to interpret the caption, “This is what happens when you can’t get something you realy [sic] want,” lest we realize this “wanting” isn’t necessarily directed toward the artwork at all. Armstrong (z___a), meanwhile, regrammed with the caption “#careerpeaked.”

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Instagrams of the Art World: Harry Brant’s Best-Ever Burger, Biesenbach’s Epic Selfie, and More

Klaus Biesenbach (klausbiesenbach) and Hans Ulrich Obrist joined forces to take a quadruple selfie (note the flattering MySpace-style high angle).

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Were You Born On December 13, 1984?

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Postmasters Gallery — launched “on a murky Saturday, December 13, 1984 in the heart of East Village,” and now located in Tribeca — is seeking a working New York City artist also born on the same day. The gallery wants to celebrate their three decades in operation, but doesn’t want to get too self-congratulatory about it, and so is planning on having a sort of vicarious birthday extravaganza in honor of a creative human being who is also turning 30 on that date. (They promise “Cake, presents, food & drink, music, surprises, the works.”) If you fit the bill, or know someone who does, contact the gallery (postmasters@thing.net) and let ‘em know. Meanwhile, Postmasters is showcasing Anton Perich’s “Electric Paintings” through November 22, and you can read a bit more about Daria Irincheeva here, whose solo show at the gallery was one of the highlight’s of the early fall season.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Performa’s Gala, Tilda Swinton, Mykki Blanco, and More

Takashi Murakami (takashipom) has been posting in-progress photos for his show at Gagosian all week — but our favorite has got to be this grump-faced reminder, presumably to studio assistants.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Jack-O’-Lanterns, Chris Ofili, and Beyoncé Yet Again

MoMA curator Eva Respini (curator_on_the_run) posted this pretty impressive Blue Nude-inspired jack-o’-lantern.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Even More Bey and Jay Edition

Jay and Bey turned up in our feed for the third week in a row. Here they are at Frieze checking out a Kerry James Marshall — this time courtesy of Salon 94 founder Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (jeannegr).

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Dispatches From Frieze: Eric Fischl on Eric Fischl

Over at Victoria Miro’s shockingly spacious Wharf Road space in London, Eric Fischl is showing his series of “Art Fair” paintings: Brushily figurative depictions of the bustle and hustle at the ever-omnipresent, big-tented commercial sales events. Evidently Fischl made these works by lurking around actual fairs with his digital camera, snapping away, and then combining the shots he’d taken into lurid alternate realities. So it seemed fitting that we likewise creeped on the sidelines as Fischl inspected his own likeness — mid-text-message — in one of these paintings.

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Dispatches From Frieze: Wangechi Mutu Wants You To Bite Her Chocolate Mermaids

At a private reception for Brooklyn-based Wangechi Mutu’s solo exhibition at Victoria Miro in London, gallery assistants were pushing small, chocolate figurines representing one of the artist’s signature mutant-mermaid characters. (The stunning mixed-media collage works on view depicted even less plausible, monstrous hybrids.) The deal was that one could take a choco-sculpture home if one agreed to photograph oneself chomping off a piece of the mermaid’s anatomy. We imagine certain savvy collectors are already stockpiling these saccharine mermaids in their fridge, ready to flip at Christie’s inevitable Contemporary Works in Chocolate evening sale. Meanwhile, Instagrammers can check out the attendees who partook by scanning the #mutumermaids hashtag.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Matisse Cut-Outs, Jasper Johns, Yoko in Reykjavik, and More

Writer Robin Cembalest (rcembalest) caught Jerry Saltz clowning around at the preview of MoMA’s “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” show.

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Instagrams of the Art World: The Hilton Sisters, Beyoncé, François Hollande, and More

Paris Hilton (parishilton) and sister Nicky Schnabel took a superrich #artselfie in front of a Julian Schnabel.

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