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Over 150 New York City art galleries are launching the "I Love New York Art Benefit" tonight, Oct. 26-Nov. 3, 2001, with all proceeds going to the Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid low-income families of World Trade Center victims. The benefit offers a great excuse to get out there and spend some money on art. One of the offerings is a special I Love New York poster by Robert Rauschenberg, which shows the Statue of Liberty collaged together with the WTC towers. A wide range of other works has been donated, too, from a large painting by Rita Ackermann at Andrea Rosen ($8,000) to a Luc Tuymans oil at David Zwirner ($160,000). More can be viewed on the extensive benefit website.

At the same time, on Oct. 26, the "Heart of Art" benefit gala lights up the 25 galleries in the Fuller Building at 41 E. 57th Street in Manhattan. For more info, click here.

Artnet Magazine correspondent Corinne Bourgeois Kevorkian reports from Paris:
  • Today, Friday Oct. 26, is the 20th day of detention in Beaubourg for the Nan Goldin photographs. The exhibition, "Nan Goldin," was to open at the Centre Pompidou on Oct. 11, along with shows of work by Marlene Dumas, Jean Dubuffet and photographs from Brancusi's studio, but was derailed by a labor dispute. The strike involves less than five percent of the museum employees, yet has nevertheless shut down the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre as well as the Pompidou. By the numbers, that's a daily loss of more than 38,000 Euros in revenues for the Pompidou and a loss of some 400,000 visitors to the Louvre.
  • Japanese architect Tadao Ando has been chosen to design the new museum that Christie's owner François Pinault plans for his collection of approximately 1,000 works of modern and contemporary art, to be built on the île Seguin in the Seine in Boulogne-Billancourt. Pinault called the design "an illuminated glass spaceship" similar in size to the Pompidou Center and said it would cost $138 million, all "out of my own wallet." The museum is expected to open in late 2005 or early 2006.
  • On the art-market front, foreign public auction companies have finally been given the okay to hold auctions in France. Christie's has already scheduled nine sales in Paris between Dec. 5 and Dec. 13.
Contemporary art curators who are planning to organize shows at nonprofit exhibition venues can apply to the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation for funding. Requests for up to $100,000 are considered. Applications are available at the foundation website or by contacting the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, 290 Pratt Street, Meriden, Conn. 06450. The deadline is Apr. 15, 2002.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, fresh from launching its two new facilities in Las Vegas and its online website, is now opening the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum uptown on Nov. 1, 2001. The new 8,200-square-foot center, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, is located in a basement space below the famed museum rotunda. Billed as a "21st-century learning laboratory," the new facility houses studio art and multimedia labs (one with 25 computer workstations, the other with 10), a new 72-seat media theater with videoconferencing capabilities, an exhibition gallery and resource center, plus a conference rooms, offices and the existing 266-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater (part of Frank Lloyd Wright's original design for the building). Head of the center is Gugg education director Kim Kanatani. The museum promises "new school program initiatives for students and teachers grade K-12," beginning with three-month artist residencies by Mark Napier and Regina Silveira and a after-school project run by Johnson & Johnson heir John Johnson's Eyebeam Atelier.