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What does the New York art world do, upon entering the chilly precincts of January 2000? Make reservations to travel to warmer climes, naturally.
Modern and contemporary art lovers are off to Art Miami 2000, Jan. 21-25, where nearly 100 exhibitors from 19 countries are to display their wares. Now in its tenth year, the fair takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in South Beach. Tickets are $12. For more information, call (561) 220-2690. Realist painter Claudio Bravo is the recipient of the Visions 2000 Award, and will be honored at the preview gala on Jan. 20.
For fans of antiques and the decorative arts, the destination is prosperous Palm Beach, home of the Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair, Feb. 3-13. Over 80 exhibitors are expected at the International Pavilion. Tickets are $12 and admit two people. For more info, call (561) 220-2690.
As for art critics, they're headed to tropical Tampa for the AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Convention, Jan. 13-16, at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. Ordinary mortals aren't admitted, but famed scribes like David Hickey, David Pagel and Peter Schjeldahl will be making the rounds of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and the Dali Museum.
And last but certainly not least, museum directors are booking flights to sunny Phoenix for the annual meeting of the Association of Art Museum Directors, Jan. 22-24. This meeting too is restricted to members, but word is that one hot topic of discussion will be those behind-the-scenes funding arrangements that got collector Charles Saatchi and the Brooklyn Museum in so much hot water.
As for non-New Yorkers, well, they are all invited to New York for the 46th annual Winter Antiques Show, Jan. 21-30, at the Seventh Regiment Armory. The show's 72 exhibitors have everything from Art Deco glass and Biedermeier furniture to medieval armor and Old Master paintings. American art figures big at the fair, with 25 exhibitors specializing in Shaker, Folk Art, Native American, Colonial, Federal and Arts & Crafts antiques. Town & Country magazine is hosting the opening night party, which benefits the South Bronx East Side House Settlement. General admission is $16; for more info call (718) 292-7392.
The same week sees another, more affordable show called Antiques at the Other Armory, Jan. 21-23, located at the 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington Avenue and 26th Street. Approximately 100 dealers will be on hand. Admission is $10; for more info, call (212) 255-0020.
And not to be overlooked is the 8th Annual Outsider Art Fair, Jan. 28-30, at the Puck Building in SoHo. Daily admission is $12; for info call (212) 977-7170.
Also on tap in January in New York: Sotheby's Americana sales, Jan. 21-23, and Christie's Old Masters auctions, Jan. 27 and 28. Sotheby's is offering Old Masters as well on Jan. 28.
"SENSATION" CLOSES IN BROOKLYN
The controversial exhibition, "Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection," closed its three-month run at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on Sunday, Jan. 9. According to a museum spokesperson, the show drew about 180,000 visitors, considerably less than the 250,000 that saw the recent "Monet and the Mediterranean," Oct. 7, 1997-Jan. 4, 1998.
LEIGH BOWERY BIOPIC
The life of British performance artist Leigh Bowery, who modeled extensively for realist painter Lucian Freud, is coming to the silver screen, according to a report in Daily Variety. Producers John Hart and Jeff Sharp of Hart Sharp Entertainment, whose most recent picture is Boys Don't Cry, have bought rights to Sue Tiller's bio Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon. The film is budgeted at $3 million-$5 million. No word on which actor might have the heft to play the imposing title role.
CECILY GLAMS UP VANITY FAIR
New York-based British painter Cecily Brown receives the glam treatment in the new (February 2000) issue of Vanity Fair, with pinup-ready photos by Todd Eberle, in anticipation of her forthcoming solo show opening at Gagosian on Jan. 14. Also pictured are John Currin, Inka Essenhigh, Matthew Ritchie and a topless Damian Loeb, six-pack at the ready. Glaringly missing is Lisa Yuskavage, whose paintings are arguably the sexiest of the bunch. The unreadable text, which opens with a quote from E.B. White about English sparrows "resident here in great numbers," is by Interview editor Ingrid Sischy. New Yorkers will recall the same group of able young artists was similarly anointed one year ago in New York magazine.
WORKSPACES IN NEW YORK
The current issue of the New York Foundation for the Arts' free quarterly magazine FYI features extensive listings of residencies, studio programs and other available workspaces in New York for visual artists. If you can't find a copy at a local art center, you can access the magazine online at NYFA's website.
WRIGHT'S UNITY TEMPLE FALLING APART
Another Frank Lloyd Wright building is falling apart. The 92-year old Unity Temple in Chicago, which was Wright's first commercial building, is deteriorating so quickly that organizers are forced to constantly raid the kitty to make emergency repairs. A report in the Chicago Sun-Times notes that the Unitarian Universalist church suffers from drooping roof cantilevers, exterior concrete walls covered with cracks and may even have rusting steel supports, which would require major structural reparations. Experts warn that an estimated $1.1 million must be raised for immediate repairs to avoid irreparable damage.
IMPRESSIONISTS TAKE D.C.
Are you ready for more Impressionists? Bet you are! The forthcoming National Gallery of Art exhibition "Impressionists at Argenteuil" focuses on paintings made in the famous suburb of Paris that art historians have christened as the origin of modern leisure. Curated by Paul Hayes Tucker, who organized "Monet in the '90s: The Series Paintings" and "Monet in the 20th-century," the show features four paintings never seen in the U.S. "Impressionists at Argenteuil" opens at the NGA, May 28-Aug. 20, 2000.
FAIRFIELD PORTER RETROSPECTIVE
The first retrospective of Fairfield Porter's work in over 16 years is set to run Mar. 23-May 27, 2000, at the Equitable Gallery in New York. Curated by Porter biographer Justin Spring, "Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art" features over 40 paintings, drawings, watercolors and other materials, making it the most comprehensive exhibition of Porter's work yet. The show is complemented by photographs of the artist's world by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Schuyler, who lived with the Porters for over a decade, and by noted photographer Ellen Auerbach. The Equitable Gallery is located at 787 Seventh Avenue at 51st Street.
VELÁZQUEZ IN NEW YORK EXTENDED
The Frick Collection's "Velázquez in New York Museums" which was due to close Jan. 16, has been extended through Jan. 30. The exhibition celebrates the Spanish painter's 400th birthday.
NEW WALSALL GALLERY OPENS
England's new Walsall Art Gallery, a £21-million building designed by Caruso St. John Architects, is set to open Feb. 16, 2000. Located 200 miles northwest of London, the gallery provides a new home for the Garman Ryan collection, which includes over 350 works, including 43 sculptures, drawings and paintings by Sir Jacob Epstein. The installation allows the works to be seen together for the first time, as requested at the time of its gift by Kathleen Garman, Lady Epstein. The gallery will also focus on contemporary art exhibitions and have an artist's residency program.
CHANGES AT PHILLIPS
It didn't take long for French entrepreneur Bernard Arnault, who bought Phillips auctioneers in November, to shake up the 170-year old British-based auction house. Most recently, Kathleen Guzman resigned after a year as president of Phillips New York and the auction house's wine department has been dissolved. Meanwhile, insiders say a strong Internet initiative is being hatched.
VON WERDER LEAVES SEITZ-VON WERDER
Gitta von Werder has left Galerie Seitz-von Werder as of Dec. 31, 1999. Director Uli Seitz will continue running the Berlin-based gallery under the name Galerie Seitz + Partner. The gallery features Thomas Lehnerer's "Sculpture and Watercolors" through Jan. 22, 2000.
SEASONAL AUDUBON EXHIBITION
Fifteen original Audubon watercolors of birds that can be seen in Central Park in winter are on view at the New-York Historical Society at Central Park West and 77th Street, Jan. 25-Apr. 30, 2000. Rarely exhibited due to their fragility, the drawings are drawn from the society's collection of 431 surviving original watercolors for Audubon's masterwork, The Birds of America.