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Ryan McGinness Combined 50 Parties into a Book and One Big Basel Bash

Ryan McGinness. (Photo: Angelo Fabara)

Ryan McGinness. (Photo: Angelo Fabara)

You don’t have to reach all the way back to the days of David Mancuso for some epic downtown loft parties. Seven years ago, over the course of 50 successive Fridays, artist and designer Ryan McGinness held a series of legendary fetes in his Chinatown studio. Each had a separate theme, starting in July of 2009 with White Trash BBQ (kegs, sparklers, wet t-shirts) and ending in June of 2010 with a Talent Show (magic, dancing, and unicorns).

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Kim Gordon: Having the ‘Blonde Kardashians’ in Power Is Not a Kool Thing

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“I don’t want to have to deal with blonde Kardashians for the next four years,” Kim Gordon told us last night at a book signing in Miami. “The Kardashians were annoying enough and now the blonde version is upon us.”

Even in the midst of this post-election anxiety, the former Sonic Youther has been busy as ever. Just a couple of months after releasing her first solo song, she played a Nov. 12 show at National Sawdust with her current project, Body/Head, to celebrate their new live EP, No Waves. Then she jetted down to South Beach, where she has a short in Art Basel’s film program. Add to all that, the book signing last night at the The Miami Beach Edition, an intimate rosé-and-canapés affair in a bungalow by the hotel’s pool.

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Juliana Huxtable, Gordon Hall (Reluctantly) Talked ‘Transgender in the Mainstream’ at Basel

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

L to R: Gordon Hall, Juliana Huxtable, Kimberly Drew, and David J. Getsy. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Brooklyn-based artist and poet Juliana Huxtable was all over Miami Art Week this past week, DJing at a Narcissister performance on Thursday and a NADA after-party on Friday. And then, on Saturday, there was a panel discussion at Art Basel proper. The talk was supposed to be about “Transgender in the Mainstream,” but that title was scratched out in a photo that Huxtable posted to Instagram. Scrawled above it: “The Panel That Shall Not Be Named.”

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Here’s Where LES and Brooklyn Will Be During Art Basel and Miami Art Week 2015

By Cary Leibowitz.

By Cary Leibowitz.

It’s once again Miami Art Week, that rare time when you can escape the city without the slightest bit of FOMO. Because, after all, pretty much every Lower East Side gallery (and some North Brooklyn ones, too) will be posting up and partying down. Survey this year’s rundown of where to find NYC in the MIA, below, and you’ll notice some interesting developments: Williamsburg venue Baby’s All Right is flying down and popping up, Ridgewood venue Trans-Pecos is curating a poolside series, and there are a couple of whole new fairs this year, X Contemporary and Satellite, from co-founders of the now defunct Select fair. That’s just the start of it, so read on. We’ll be adding to this list as more intel pours in.
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Asteroids Didn’t Land on the Meatpacking District, It’s Just José Parlá’s Latest

(Photo courtesy of The Standard, High Line)

(Photo courtesy of The Standard, High Line)

The Standard, High Line — last seen getting a nifty rooftop paint job from Romon “Rostarr” Kimin — has teamed up with another one of our favorite artists, José Parlá.

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This Weekend, Sip Tea With This Japanese Robocop Made From Toys

Shu Ohno with his self portrait. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Shu Ohno with his self portrait. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Enter P339 Gallery’s nondescript storefront on Bedford Avenue and you’ll come face-to-face with what artist Shu Ohno says is a “futuristic Japanese soldier,” slinging a guitar. Step up to the self-portrait (the axe is a nod to Ohno’s days fronting a rock band in his hometown of Fukuoka, Japan) and you’ll see it’s entirely covered in tiny objects that were either found or purchased in his neighborhood of Park Slope. Some were found on the ground, left in a box of junk in front of someone’s house; others, like the toy soldiers and horses, were purchased for 99 cents per package.
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Dev Hynes On Blood Orange’s New Cassette: ‘Here’s Me Handing You Some Music’

(Dev Hynes/Twitter)

(Dev Hynes/Twitter)

If you happen to have Dev Hynes’s number, you may want to hit him up: the musical force behind Blood Orange has a new album out, but you won’t be able to find it on Spotify. “I’ve just been recording music in my apartment and I’ve been recording them to tapes and I’ve been dubbing the tapes and giving them to whoever wants them,” he said.
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Dev Hynes and Matthew Stone Took the Basel Crowd to ‘Other Worlds’

Matthew Stone's introducing the piece. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Matthew Stone’s introducing the piece. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Dressed in head-to-toe white, London-based artist Matthew Stone took the stage at Soho Studios in Miami on Saturday night to introduce what he promised would be “a momentary pause within ordinary life” – a new audiovisual installation, Other Worlds, featuring music by Dev Hynes.
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Our Miley Moment, and 99 Other Images From Art Basel and Miami Art Week

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For me, Peak Basel came sometime around midnight Saturday, when a young man toting a volume of F. Scott Fitzgerald strolled into Nobu flanked by a pair of semi-naked women with disco-ball pasties and lampshades for heads; the dining room burst into adoring applause as the trio briefly presented itself to a corner booth occupied by Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
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Where to Find the LES and Brooklyn at Art Basel and Miami Art Week

Katie Cercone,will be with Milk and Night at Select Fair.

Katie Cercone,will be with Milk and Night at Select Fair.

It’s time once again to blast Modest Mouse’s “Florida,” pack your whites and jet south for Miami Art Week. This year, the ever-growing phalanx of fairs will include newbs like Zones and Auto Body, where some of downtown’s finest provocateurs will do their thing. The avalanche of art can be overwhelming, but with plenty of NYC galleries in the mix (Bushwick’s Signal and the LES’s Home Alone 2 are just a couple that are doing boozy hotel pop-ups), there’s no need to leave your comfort zone. We’ve rounded up all the LES, East Village, and North Brooklyn galleries who’ll be at the fairs, and (at the bottom of the page) at various pop-ups, performances and parties.
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Our Ill-Fated Attempt to Get Ray Lemoine and Lindsay Lohan to Talk Girls

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Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Our brilliant idea for Girls Talk this week? Get Ray Lemoine, best known for tangling with Paris Hilton’s little brother, to text about the episode with Lindsay Lohan. After all, the East Village freelancer, who now refers to that incident as a performance-art piece called “Lohan Thug,” still gets spotted with Lilo when he’s not throwing parties or getting arrested at Sundance. And who better than she to weigh in on the foibles of Hannah and her cronies?
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