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Marlborough Chelsea Signs Keith Mayerson and Michel Auder

Marlborough Chelsea announced the addition of two artists today, both of whom were included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial: Keith Mayerson, whose paintings engage with American history by incorporating scenes from his own life as well as those of political and pop cultural icons, and Michel Auder, who through his six-decade career has become “nothing short of a titan of video art,” according to Marlborough Chelsea director Pascal Spengemann.

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The Onion or the Art World?: Artist Seeks Needle in Haystack

As part of In the Air’s intrepid art world coverage, we’re continuing with our exciting new feature that answers the age-old question, “Is it an Onion article, or just the art world?” Because sometimes these headlines just seem too good to be true, but then they are, and that’s even better. (Check out our last installment, regarding Maurizio Cattelan’s recent show at Artissima, titled “Shit and Die.”) Today, however, we’re here to talk about the fact that Italian performance artist Sven Sachsalber will spend two days trying to find a needle in a haystack at the Palais de Tokyo — literally. Repeating a performance held at London’s Limoncello Gallery in 2012, the artist will spend from noon through midnight sifting through a large pile of straw, looking for a needle that has been placed therein; though the performance is only billed to last for 48 hours, the museum acknowledges that it may well take longer.

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Original Batmobile for Sale (DC Geeks, Start Your Engines)

Luxury car auctions may not quite be everyone’s bag, but a lot going up at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on December 6 should snag some serious attention, if only because, you guys — you guys it’s the Batmobile. As in, the Batmobile — the first-known DC Comics–licensed model from 1963, even predating the version that appeared on the Batman TV show in 1965. (Apparently, it was built by an independent mechanic just for kicks in his New Hampshire garage, before a DC-affiliated dairy company leased it and toured from town to town to promote Batman-themed fruit drinks.) Okay, sure, it may not be that high-tech, Hum-Vee-esque, explodes-into-a-motorcycle deal Christian Bale drives in The Dark Knight, but given its recently restored swooping black exterior, complete with red accenting, the swank factor is high. So, for those DC enthusiasts holding onto some priceless first editions, this may be the time to hit eBay and drum up the estimated $500,000 needed for this pinnacle of vintage comics cred. If nothing else, you’d be ensured some sweet Caped Crusader–themed LARPing.

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NADA Miami Beach Announces Exclusive Preview on Artsy

Furthering its ongoing partnership with Artsy, NADA Miami Beach will release an exclusive fair preview on the site on November 25, allowing collectors to peruse galleries’ offerings more than a week prior to its opening at the Deauville Beach Resort from December 4 to 7. Plus, Artsy will have a physical presence in Miami with the second edition of #ArtsyTakeover, a series of site-specific exhibitions at its partner fairs. This time, both Artsy’s booth and a hotel guest room will feature digital video projections from new media collective WALLPAPERS (AKA, artists Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Sylvain Sailly), as curated by Artsy’s Julia Colavita and East Hampton Shed’s Nate Hitchcock, also a NADA exhibitor.

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Outsider Art Fair Announces 2015 Exhibitor List

From January 29 to February 1, 2015, Outsider Art Fair will host its New York edition (the last at Center548 before the building is sold), featuring over 40 galleries spanning seven countries — from Haiti’s Galerie Bourbon-Lally to Japan’s Yukiko Koide Presents. In addition, a special exhibition titled “If I Had Possession over Judgment Day,” curated by Jay Gorney and Anne Doran, will showcase the work of Melvin Way, Emery Blagdon, Adolf Wölfli, Mark Lombardi, and the Philadelphia Wireman, uniting these artists from disparate eras and methods under themes of paranoia and controlling chaos. Check out the list — and a few preview images from the special exhibition — below.

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Check Out Works from ICI’s Auction: Abramović, Baldessari

Bidding begins at noon today for this year’s Independent Curators International (ICI) benefit auction, hosted on Artsy. Featuring works by Marina Abramović, Steve McQueen, Tara Donovan, John Baldessari, Trevor Paglen, and more, the live and silent auction will take place next Monday, November 17, during ICI’s benefit event at the Cunard Building. Also that evening, collector and nonprofit founder Dimitris Daskalopoulos will receive the 2014 Leo Award and curator Eva Barois De Caevel will receive the 2014 Independent Vision Curatorial Award, selected by Guggenheim deputy director and chief curator Nancy Spector. Meanwhile, check out a selection of the works up for bid, below.

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Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” Leads ABMB’s Film Program

Art Basel in Miami Beach has announced its film program for this year’s fair, featuring a selection of over 80 works curated by David Gryn, including animation by Atsushi Kaga, dance-based work by Rashaad Newsome, a new cut of Parker Ito’s “Wipeout XL,” and a tribute to the late Harun Farocki. Plus, for this year’s feature, longtime Art Basel collaborator This Brunner has arranged an advance screening of Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” the story of painter Margaret Keane, set to hit theaters later in December. A new screening room will also be available in the Miami Beach Convention Center, allowing fairgoers to access even more works. Check out the complete list of films, below.
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Lord Jacob Rothschild Receives Second Annual Getty Medal

Lord Jacob Rothschild was awarded the second annual Getty Medal on Sunday, in a ceremony with opening remarks by Gwenyth Paltrow and J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno. In his acceptance speech, Rothschild emphasized the present connection between his family and the museum: “If you were to look in the index of the catalogue of the Getty’s decorative arts collection you would find no less than thirty-eight Rothschilds from whom the Getty has made acquisitions,” he said. Rothschild is also a recipient of the Queen’s Order of Merit; has acted as chairman of London’s National Gallery of Art and the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, and has sat on the board of the State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg and the Qatar Museums authority, among others.

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Were You Born On December 13, 1984?

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Postmasters Gallery — launched “on a murky Saturday, December 13, 1984 in the heart of East Village,” and now located in Tribeca — is seeking a working New York City artist also born on the same day. The gallery wants to celebrate their three decades in operation, but doesn’t want to get too self-congratulatory about it, and so is planning on having a sort of vicarious birthday extravaganza in honor of a creative human being who is also turning 30 on that date. (They promise “Cake, presents, food & drink, music, surprises, the works.”) If you fit the bill, or know someone who does, contact the gallery (postmasters@thing.net) and let ‘em know. Meanwhile, Postmasters is showcasing Anton Perich’s “Electric Paintings” through November 22, and you can read a bit more about Daria Irincheeva here, whose solo show at the gallery was one of the highlight’s of the early fall season.

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Oasis Painting Stolen from U.K. Gallery by 50-Year-Old Man

Those of us passionate about 90s Britpop know all too well the “Blur vs. Oasis” debate, and especially how unflinchingly diehard its participants tend to get. Recently, however, one Oasis enthusiast took that devotion to criminal heights: Last week, a black-and-white rendering of the band by Russian artist Olga Tsarevska Loma was stolen from off the walls of Manchester’s MASA-UK gallery. Given that MASA-UK is relatively small and Loma’s paintings little-known, it was worth betting that the thief’s motives weren’t so much financial as they were musical. Or, as the BBC reported: “Referencing Oasis songs, PC Katherine Gosling said she was not aware of a ‘master plan’ behind the theft and that ‘some might say’ a fan was responsible,” thus cementing PC Katherine Gosling as a frontrunner in our list of all-time favorite humans. Today, however, the painting was found and the culprit apprehended — identified for now simply as “a 50-year-old man.” So as we head into the weekend, let’s all do so with the strangely heartwarming knowledge that obsessive fandom comes in all walks of life (and perhaps a slight curiosity as to where Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s equally fervent admirers might be). Meanwhile, here’s hoping Gosling & Co. are busy celebrating with a champagne supernova.

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