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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 New Orleans: Some Weird, Wonderful Paintings from Douglas Bourgeois

A clear highlight of the Prospect 3 programming on view at the Contemporary Arts Center: the intensely strange, beautifully rendered oil-on-panel works of Douglas Bourgeois, who shows with New Orleans’ Arthur Roger Gallery. They combine the density of medieval painting with the cheeky camp of John Waters, with special care lavished on the smallest details: tree bark, tattoos, and the minutiae of consumer packaging.

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Dispatches from the Montréal Biennial: Arctic Perspective Initiative

Without some explanation, the myriad objects on view created by artist duo Arctic Perspective Initiative might seem like props from a science fiction movie. However, the complicated field tools — which include an early drone used to create high procedure maps; a waterproof device built for recording sound; a traditional Qammutik sled dwelling nicknamed Kallitaq (which means “Thunder and Lightning” in Inuktitut); and a document called the “Phoenix Declaration” — are all real pieces of equipment that Matthew Biederman and Marko Peljhan use for their projects in the Arctic. Defining API as a transnational art, science, and culture working group, Biederman and Peljhan have embarked on several projects over the past six years in collaboration with Arctic Indigenous populations. We sat down with the pair to discuss the Arctic Treaty, caribou recipes, and the explorer/exploiter paradigm.

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Dispatches from New Orleans: Holographic Carrie Mae Weems

At the McKenna Museum of African-American Art, Carrie Mae Weems’s Prospect 3 show includes 2012’s “Lincoln, Lonnie and Me – A Story in 5 Parts.” Projected holograms against a backdrop of lush theater curtains enact a beguiling, fractured narrative that encompasses the JFK assassination and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation; a woman hisses and snarls, letting us know that “Revenge is a motherfucker.” Just when things start to fall into place, Neil Diamond’s “Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon” kicks in, accompanied by dancers in bunny outfits.

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Dispatch from New Orleans: Kerry James Marshall’s Storefront

The press opening for Prospect 3 kicked off this morning at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, which has this installation by Kerry James Marshall in the street-facing windows. Entitled “The Manifold Pleasures, and such…,” it’s composed of gold-mirrored Plexiglass tables adorned with gift boxes, greeting cards, and plastic bags from Party City stuffed with shiny bows and ribbons. An intriguing, suitably enigmatic starting point for this Franklin Sirmans–curated  show, which brings 58 artists to 18 locations across New Orleans, and is inspired by Walker Percy’s 1961 novel “The Moviegoer.”  The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday.

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Neil Young’s Car Watercolors Make Their West Coast Debut

In case you hadn’t heard, musician Neil Young is fond of cars — from his 2009 album “Fork in the Road,” inspired by his retooled Lincoln Continental (or, “Lincvolt”), to his memoir “Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars,” the title of which is pretty self-explanatory. Apparently, though, neither music nor the written word was quite sufficient to express the full extent of his affection, so Young took up a paintbrush. Now, Young’s watercolor automobiles set to debut at LA’s Robert Berman Gallery on November 3, marking his first-ever West Coast art show.

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Dispatches from the Montréal Biennial: Cybernetic Tarot

British artist Suzanne Treister’s contribution to the biennial includes two massive (and massively intricate) marker-on-wall drawings as well as a suite of 78 tarot card drawings — all made with the purpose of detailing the history of cybernetics and how Martin Heidegger, Margaret Mead, Ada Lovelace, drones, Ken Kesey, and many other people and things are part of the history of technology. We sat down with Treister at Tuesday’s press preview and asked for a bit of explanation.

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Dispatches from the Montréal Biennial: Aging Communities Contemplate the Future

In two single-channel video installations — “Postcard from Bexhill-on-Sea” and “La Providence” — Montréal-based artist Emmanuelle Léonard visited two aging communities: Montréal’s Grey Nuns and a British seaside retirement community. As individuals in both works talk about their expectations for the future, a stark difference in attitude becomes clear. We sat down with Léonard at Tuesday’s press preview to discuss the works.

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Second Istanbul Design Biennial Announces Participants

With just over a week before it opens on November 1, the second Istanbul Design Biennial has announced its list of participants. Curated by Zoë Ryan and Meredith Carruthers, with support from the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), this year’s edition is titled “The Future is Not What it Used to Be”; its 53 projects will be housed in the Galata Greek Primary School for the biennial’s six-week duration. Designers and their works have been divided into five sections (or “departments”): Personal, Norms and Standards, Resource, Civic Relations, and Broadcast. See below for the full list.

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Dispatches from the Montréal Biennial: Lawrence Weiner Texts on the Arctic

Three text pieces by Lawrence Weiner are the only works in the biennial not created in the past few years. Conceived in 1969, when Weiner was living and working Montréal, they arose from a trip he took to the Canadian Arctic with Lucy Lippard. The actions in the texts (“An Abridgement Of An Abutment To On Near Or About The Arctic Circle”; “A Natural Water Course Diverted Reduced Or Replaced”; “The Arctic Circle Shattered”) were actually enacted by Weiner on his trip. Weiner’s works are spread across three sites in the city: The Fonderie Darling (above), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and 1 Place Ville Marie.

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