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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.


Instagrams of the Art World: Paris Hilton Rocks Barbara Kruger, and More

With artists, art dealers, and collectors heading out to Los Angeles for Art Los Angeles Contemporary, there were bound to be some celebrities caught in their Instagramming. Here, artist Alex Israel snapped a picture of Paris Hilton wearing a pair of Barbara Kruger sunglasses. But plebes can also pick up a pair of these glasses, which are part of an art project with Freeway and For Your Art, at Art L.A. Contemporary. (more…)

Richard Prince Blog Watch: On Art and Murder

richard-prince-mailerOne of Richard Prince’s new year’s resolutions for 2014 must have been to blog more (or, in Prince-speak, “bird” more), because he’s been writing up a storm over on Birdtalk. The screed to which we turn our attention in this installment of Richard Prince Blog Watch begins as a rumination on Norman Mailer’s successful 1981 campaign to free confessed killer — and, in Mailer’s opinion, talented author — Jack Abbott, only have him stab a waiter to death six weeks after leaving prison (where he then returned for the remainder of his life). From here, Prince goes on to make some exceptionally lucid pronouncements about the comparative values of art and human life, concluding his musings in typically authoritative fashion. (more…)

Instagrams of the Art World: Jay Z, Warhol, and Matching Birthday Outfits

Art Production Fund director Casey Fremont posted this regram of Jay Z visiting the Warhol Museum. (more…)

Instagrams of the Art World: Philippe Vergne Meets Jeffrey Deitch, and More

One day after news broke that Dia Art Foundation director Philippe Vergne was slated to be L.A. MOCA’s new director, this image was snapped of Vergne seen here with outgoing MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The two must have been taking in a little theater, as Theaster Gates was performing his 2012 work “See, Sit, Sup, Sing: Holding Court” at the museum as part of its series “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.” Adding further mystery to the image, Jewish Museum deputy director Jens Hoffmann, who took the pic, wrote, “History in the making Philip getting his first check from Jeffrey.” He later clarified, “Jeffry is donating $500 to LA MOCA.” Priceless. (more…)

Coldplay Singer Buys Banksy Balloon Heart


A version of British street artist Banksy’s now-iconic heart-shaped balloon from his October “residency” in New York, which was carved out of a wall in Red Hook, Brooklyn and carted down to Art Miami, only to go unsold, has finally found a buyer, and a famous one at that. A tag-free version of the painting, done on wood, was bought by Chris Martin — the lead singer from Coldplay — at actor Sean Penn’s Help Haiti Home Gala in Beverly Hills on Saturday, according to Street Art News. (more…)