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Instagrams of the Art World: Katy Perry Loves Surrealism, Schama Visits the Frick, and More

Katy Perry (katyperry) did some copious instagramming during a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago where she snapped images of several iconic Magritte works in addition to this selfie with Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”

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Gagosian Organizes First Show with Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

The fall gallery season is almost upon us and on September 11, Gagosian will kick off its 980 Madison Avenue venue with a series of early paintings by postwar abstractionist Helen Frankenthaler. “Composing with Color: Paintings 1962-1963” is the first exhibition of Frankenthaler’s work Gagosian has collaboratively organized with the recently established Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

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Anish Kapoor Plans To Get Really High In 2016

A slightly enigmatic announcement arrived in our inbox this morning: Anish Kapoor will work on a project with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. The hazily defined goal will be to “combine art with aviation in a unique and innovative way.” What will that entail? No one is saying much thus far. The collab, debuting at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show, is being organized by Artliner, who were also in charge of this summer’s unique art-in-wind-tunnels exhibition at Farnborough in the UK.

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Art Bars: Beverly’s Curates, Gets You Drunk, Naked

Sited in what was formerly a streetwear-focused shoe store, the bar currently known as Beverly’s opened in February of 2013 in Chinatown. Run by a group of friends—some of whom wish to remain anonymous—Beverly’s hosts a regular, rotating program of exhibitions, curated by co-owner Leah Dixon. (Full disclosure: One three-person exhibition earlier this year, “Phaint Smears,” included work by this particular journalist.)  “We believe that more discussion can happen in a bar, with a more diverse audience, than can happen in a gallery,” Dixon said. “It’s also a function of our very specific space, that creates a more and less subliminal context for the pieces that are shown here: Some are barely even noticeable.  Others are obtrusive.”

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Smasher of Ai Weiwei Vase Gets Probation

Vase-smashing artist Maximo Caminero has been sentenced to 18 months of probation and 100 hours of community service for his Ai Weiwei artwork-destroying stunt at the Perez Art Museum back in February. Caminero, who plead guilt to criminal mischief in a Miami court yesterday, will also have to pay $10,000 (the value of the vase) in restitution, according to the New York Times.

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Pussy Riot to Appear on “House of Cards”

In case there was any doubt that Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina had strayed pretty far from their radical feminist roots, the ousted Pussy Rioters are set to appear on the third season of “House of Cards,” according to a report from Baltimore City Paper. Allegedly two sources from the show’s production team confirmed that the pair were on set in Baltimore last week. No details on exactly what roles they will play on the show.

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Art Reads: “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec”

Released last month to accompany the eponymous exhibition at MoMA, “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters from the Museum of Modern Art” is a fun look into the museum’s great collection of works by the famous recorder of Parisian nightlife. The hits (and familiar characters — Jane Avril, Aristide Bruant, Cha-U-Kao) are all included, but there are also some great lesser-known works, including his “Elles” portfolio of off-duty prostitutes and performers and illustrations of animals for Jules Renard’s book “Histoires Naturelles.”

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House that Inspired Jane Eyre Wins Restoration Award

After eight years of renovation work, Norton Conyers in North Yorkshire has won the Historic Houses Association and Sotheby’s Restoration Award 2014. The 18th century manor, which has been in Sir James Graham’s family since 1624, is believed to have been the inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.

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Tony Albert Takes $50,000 NATSIAA Prize

Just two weeks after taking the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize, Sydney-based Indigenous artist Tony Albert has been announced as the winner of the 2014 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) for his photographic work “We Can Be Heroes,” netting him another $50,000. The prize-winning work was inspired by the 2012 non-fatal police shooting of two Indigenous boys in Sydney’s Kings Cross. The powerful work depicts 20 “uniformly photographed young men with a red target painted on their bare chests and shows them to be defiant, proud and strong,” according to a NATSIAA release.

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New Zealand Picks Simon Denny for 2015 Venice Biennale

News is just now spreading in the art blogosphere that Simon Denny will rep New Zealand at the 2015 Venice Biennale, although it looks like the Arts Council of New Zealand announced the news way back in October of last year. Denny, who often deals with themes of technology and identity in his work, seems like a pretty smart choice as he was the only Kiwi to be chosen for Massimiliano Gioni’s “Encyclopedic Palace” in 2013. City Gallery Wellington chief curator Robert Leonard will curate the show, which will focus on New Zealand’s partnership with the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada in gathering intelligence.

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