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Instagrams of the Art World: Lana Del Rey, Curator Selfies, Koons Bags, and More

Prolific instagrammer and MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach (klausbiesenbach) snapped this portrait of Lana Del Rey at his “Rockaway!” arts festival pet project.


Instagrams of the Art World: Los Borrachos, Martha Stewart, New Tattoos, and More

Artist Vik Muniz (vikmuniz) took this adorably boozy photo with artist Martin Parr and captioned it “Los Borrachos!” — the spanish title of Velázquez’s iconic painting that English-speakers know as “The Triumph of Bacchus.”


Sotheby’s Sues Olyvia Kwok Over Unpaid-For Basquiat and Twombly Works

Sotheby’s London has issued art and jewelry investor Olyvia Kwok with a £3 million High Court writ for purchasing two artworks on behalf of a client who was unable to pay for them, the Telegraph has reported. Kwok successfully bid £2.49 million for “Water-Worshipper” by Jean-Michel Basquiat and £386,500 for “Idilli” by Cy Twombly at the Contemporary Art Evening Auction back in February. At the time, Kwok described the Basquiat purchase as “a bargain,” adding, “I believe that by the end of the year it will be in a different league. In 18 months we are looking to double what we paid.


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.


Instagrams of the Art World: Jack Shainman’s School Upstate and Andres Serrano’s Gothic Digs

Sutton PR (suttonpr) captured Nick Cave’s performance at the opening of Jack Shainman’s brand new gallery space, the School, in Kinderhook over the weekend. Check out a review by our very own Scott Indrisek here.


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.


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

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

Instagrams of the Art World: Richard Serra Deconstructed, Bove in Snow


Instagrams of the Art World: Simmons, “Krugier,” and Wall-Painting with Pawel

Artist Laurie Simmons, whose show “Kigurumi, Dollers, and How We See” opens at Salon 94 on March 7, showed some cross-disciplinary love when she posted this recent work noting that it was inspired by a story by Canadian writer Sheila Heti. (more…)

Instagrams of the Art World: The Too Young To Fail Edition with Smith, Murillo, and Cortright

Among the names that regularly grace the major auctions — Bacon, Koons, Richter —  next week in London, contemporary art sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips will be touting works by much greener contenders, young artists some of whom have never been at auction before and others who have only been at auction once or twice. In response, there has been a lot of chatter on the internet recently about the IPO-like fervor that surrounds the auctioning of works by these young artists before they’ve had a chance to mature as artists, let alone as humans, and the potentially deleterious effect to their careers that speculating on their work can have. We’ve checked in with Instagram to see how some of these young artists, and in some cases dealers and collectors, are handling all of the attention pre-auction. Here’s what we found.