ARTISTS DONATE PRINTS FOR "DOCTORS OF THE WORLD"
A dozen contemporary artists have donated new print editions to benefit Doctors of the World, a group of medical volunteers who provide emergency aid at hotspots around the globe. The prints, which are available through John Szoke Editions in SoHo, include a new aquatint by Helen Frankenthaler printed by ULAE, a new pigmented digital print by Susan Rothenberg, a tabletop sculpture of a house by Louise Bourgeois in an edition of six, and prints by Chuck Close, Jane Hammond, Rebecca Horn, Annie Leibovitz, Sol LeWitt, Elizabeth Murray, Darryl Pottorf, Robert Rauschenberg and Terry Winters. Most of the prints have been heavily discounted to encourage buyers (the price range is generally between $2,000 and $5,000 -- though the Bourgeois is $40,000). More prints are expected in the benefit, including ones by Jean-Marc Bustamente and Jeff Koons. For more information, go to the Szoke Editions website or phone (212) 219-8300.
"FRESH KILLS" IN STATEN ISLAND
One exhibition that is going ahead despite the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 is "Fresh Kills" at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Oct. 14, 2001-Feb. 10, 2002. Subtitled "Artists Respond to the Closure of the Staten Island Landfill," the show features works by 19 artists and artist-teams examining the 2,200-acre refuse pile, said to be the largest on earth. The landfill was closed on Mar. 22, 2001, but reopened -- and this gives the project an unfortunate morbid aspect -- to receive the wreckage from the demolished World Trade towers. "In this mournful capacity," says the museum, "Fresh Kills has been amplified as a symbolic vessel encapsulating who we are, what comprised our past, how we live in the present and what may constitute the future."
Needless to say, many artists make work that addresses ecological themes. Stacy Levy has made an indoor compost clock. Finnish artist Jussi Heikkilä explores the bird-watching opportunities on the landfill. Maguerite Kahrl has made a toy play-field of recycled material from Fresh Kills. Mark Dion made an exhibit of old bottles as if they were mined from the landfill at some point in the future. Steve Siegel has made a monumental sculpture of castoff materials. Alexis Rockman, Rackstraw Downes and Bill Murphy have contributed paintings devoted to the landfill, and photographers Kendall Baker, Michael Arguelles, Bob Braine and others have turned their cameras on the site.
BLOOD, ART AND POLITICS IN FRANKFURT
As long as we're on the subject of morbid subjects, the Schirn Kunstalle and Mak.Frankfurt (the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst) in Frankfurt are teaming up to present "Blood: Perspectives on Art, Power, Politics and Pathology," Nov. 11, 2001-Jan. 27, 2002. The exhibition, which ranges from Old Testament blood sacrifice to 20th-century Blut und Boden, from birth and death to AIDS and the Genome Project, features approximately 160 works organized by Mak.Frankfurt director James M. Bradburne. The show is sponsored by Aventis, Deutsche Bank and German Red Cross; a blood donor van will be stationed outside the entrance to each museum -- and a donation wins free admission to the show.
The exhibition is divided into four sections: "Sacrificial Blood" looks at Maya blood sacrifice; "Redeeming Blood" considers the Christian tradition; "Dynastic Blood" examines issues of race, inheritance, identity and marriage; and "Pathological Blood" features contemporary art. A tall cylinder filled with 6.5 liters of red fluid -- the amount in an average human -- is at the opening of each installation. Contemporary artists in the show include the Vienna Actionists, Marina Abramovic, Andres Serrano and Gilbert & George. An interactive website is promised at www.bloodexhibition.de and www.blutaustellung.de.
NEW ONLINE ART PROJECTS
Web surfers can check out two new online art projects from institutions on the East and left coasts. The Dia Center for the Arts in New York recently launched Moon Rabbit by Japanese artist Simabuku, a Yokohama-based San Francisco Art Institute grad who has a solo show coming up at Air de Paris in Paris. It has something to do with the moon as a site for the human imagination. Out in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art gives us Corridor by Cindy Bernard and Joseph Hammer, the second project in MOCA's digital gallery. Bernard and Hammer, who have been working together since 1999 and have a website at www.sound2cb.com, are presently working on a commission for the L.A. Metro. Corridor is concerning with navigating through fragmented, diffuse spaces.
MUSEUM DIRECTORS GABFEST
The American Federation of Arts eighth annual Directors Forum is set for Nov. 4-6, 2001, in New York City, with sessions at the Metropolitan Museum and the New-York Historical Society. Among the speakers are Whitney Museum director Maxwell L. Anderson, Harvard University Art Museums head James Cuno, Brooklyn Museum director Arnold L. Lehman, Hirshhorn Museum board chair Robert Lehrman and Yale University Art Gallery director Jock Reynolds. But not just anyone can attend -- the program is open only to full-time, paid professional directors and acting directors of nonprofit museums or galleries open the public on a regular schedule. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KOPPEL GALLERY UNVEILS NEW DIGS
Chicago's Alan Koppel Gallery officially unveils its new, 4,500-square-foot space on Nov. 2 with a survey of furniture by Jean Prouvé and a group show of recent acquisitions by Peter Halley, Jacques Lipchitz, Abelardo Morell, Ed Ruscha, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Mark Tansey. Coming up on Nov. 16 is a show of large-format photography and "Jacques Villegle: Works of Protest, 1960s-1990s." The new gallery is located in a 1920s post office building, renovated by Howard Holtzman Architects, at 210 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60610. The gallery had been located on the 28th floor of the John Hancock Center since 1996.
LINDA DURHAM OPENS IN NEW YORK
Linda Durham Contemporary Art inaugurates its new gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea district with a group show of six artists, called "6 in the City," Nov. 17, 2001-Jan. 27, 2002. The artists are Phil Binaco, Raphaelle Goethals, Robert Kelly, Tracy Krumm, Judy Tuwaletstiwa and Barbara Zusman, The new gallery, which is in addition to the space out West in Galisteo, N.M., is at 210 Eleventh Avenue, New York, N.Y. (212) 337-0025.
In a timely spirit of patriotism, the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York has unfurled an exhibition in its online "e-gallery" of images of the American flag, titled "Glory," Oct. 1-Dec. 5, 2001. The show features an extensive collection of photographs of the flag by such photographers as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Dennis Hopper, William Klein, Inge Morath, Gordon Parks, Ruth Orkin and James Vanderzee.
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