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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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Instagrams of the Art World: Mr. Bean, Shaq, Martha Rosler, and More

This week, Rodney Pike debuted his images of Mr. Bean in various historical paintings and the Frick (frickcollection) posted this reimagining of Hans Holbein the Younger’s “Sir Thomas More” from its collection.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Laurie Anderson, Choir Boys, and More

Laurie Anderson embodied “Future Feminism” during a performance at the Hole’s new show. Photo courtesy of Danish artist Jesper Just (jesperjust).

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Instagrams of the Art World: Dustin Yellin in Drag, Jenna Lyons, Usher, and More

Paddle8 co-founder Alexander Gilkes (gilkesa) snapped this priceless shot of artist Dustin Yellin walking in the Misha Nonoo runway show (he collaborated with the designer on some of the collection’s prints) in the guise of what we can only assume is an over-caffeinated fashion editor.

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Art Bars: Hair Of The Dog (Yes, Really)

Since we’ve previously focused on art-world hangs like Beverly’s and Cafe Dancer, it might come as somewhat of a surprise that we’re choosing to grace riotous L.E.S. spot Hair of the Dog as a so-called “art bar.” Yes, it may be festooned with dozens of television screens tuned to major sporting events; and yes, on Sunday afternoons it may be filled with rowdy, drunk-too-early-in-the-day recreational soccer clubs, all wearing matching pink t-shirts and jabbering loudly over Top 40 pop music. And yes, it’s owned by a consortium that also helms such pun-titled dens of excess as Down the Hatch and The Thirteenth Step. But bear with us for a minute and you’ll see Hair of the Dog’s genius, or at least its genius-potential.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Scorsese, De Niro, Miranda July, and More

French street artist JR (jr) snapped this adorable moment with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Le1f, Botero, Burning Man, and More

Artist Rashaad Newsome (rashaadnewsome) snapped this photo of rapper Le1f and brand ambassador Ian Isiah at his King of Arms Art Ball where they were judges on Sunday night.

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