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10/27/99
 
     
  ARTNET.COM SPONSORS ONLINE CHARITY AUCTION
Artnet.com launches the first online auction to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless on Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999. The sale features donated works by 25 contemporary artists, ranging from Janine Antoni and Jennifer Bartlett to Tom Wesselmann and Joe Zucker. The online auction is held in conjunction with the ARTWALK NY benefit, a day-long affair on Nov. 13 that ends with an evening gala at the Puck Building, chaired by Peter Jennings and Madonna and honoring artist Cindy Sherman. For more info, go to http://www.artnet.com/artwalk.

"VACATE" AT CARIBBEAN BIENNIAL
Ready for the Sixth International Caribbean Biennial, a heretofore little-known art extravaganza on the island of St. Kitts, West Indies, Nov. 10-17, 1999? Italian art-provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and Costa-Rican curator Jens Hoffmann have organized the week-long festival, titled "Blown Away," and invited 10 artists to "vacate" themselves. The Biennial will avoid "polluting our visual world with more installations, paintings and artworks," the curators write, and instead suspend creative activity for "a series of reciprocal confrontations, dialogues, barbecues…." Among the participants are Olafur Eliasson, Douglas Gordon, Mariko Mori, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Elizabeth Peyton, Tobias Rehberger, Pipilotti Rist, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Hey, is there room for an art-critic-in-residence? For more info, contact Diane Shamash at diane@minettabrook.org.

TRACEY EMIN NEWS
Say one thing about Fleet Street, those British tabloids know how to take a scandalous art story and run with it. Topic of the month in London is yBa artist Tracey Emin, whose confessional art installation in the Turner Prize show at the Tate Gallery (Oct. 20, 1999-Feb. 6, 2000) features My Bed (1998), an unmade bed where the artist spent a week contemplating suicide after a breakup with a boyfriend. The work is described with relish as "covered in urine-stained sheets and torn pillows" and "surrounded by champagne corks, used condoms and soiled underwear." On Monday, two Chinese performance artists were arrested after jumping in the bed and having a pillow fight. "We were trying to improve the exhibition," said one. They were later released without being charged. To keep up, check out the Modern Culture Tracey Emin Journal.

GRAVES SCAFFOLD FOR MINNEAPOLIS?
Dayton Hudson Corp. wants to site Michael Graves' acclaimed mesh-covered scaffolding for the Washington Monument in a Minneapolis park as a see-through tower more than 200 feet tall, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The proposed location, Washburn Fair Oaks Park, is next to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and fits in with the city's plans for an "Avenue of the Arts" on 3rd Avenue South. Target, a Dayton Hudson subsidiary, was the lead donor in the monument's multimillion-dollar renovation, which is expected to be completed early next year. The cost of moving the scaffold and installing it on a base is estimated at $1.5 million.

CHAPMANS IN BRITISH MUSEUM
The British Museum has paid £11,500 for the proofs of a series of etchings made by Dinos and Jake Chapman in homage to Goya's The Disaster of War. The brothers used plastic toy figures to recreate the set of 83 proofs, one of three made. The prints themselves were all snapped up by museums and collectors earlier this year, according to the London Guardian.

RODDY MCDOWELL, PHOTOGRAPHER
A benefit auction at Sotheby's Beverly Hills on Oct. 20 of black-and-white photos by actor Roddy McDowell raised more than $200,000 for the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Sharon Stone played auctioneer, while among the bidders was DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg, who took home a McDowell photo of Katherine Hepburn.

MUSEUMS MAG BRANCHES OUT
Museums Magazines, the magazine network that publishes Reader's Digest-sized art quarterlies in New York, Washington, Boston and South Florida (as well as special issues in San Francisco and Philadelphia), is branching out. Museums Los Angeles debuts in mid-November and Museums Chicago premieres in December. The six Museums magazines will have a total circulation in excess of 840,000, according to Larry Warsh, who launched the venture in New York in 1994. Warsh's publications cater to high-end art lovers as well as hotel visitors, and serve to build museum attendance through free passes bound right into the mag. Articles are written by educators rather than critics. "Our key business point is to reach the top end of the museum crowd," Warsh said. It must be working. Among its big advertisers are Mercedes, Armani, Coach, Rolex and Sprint.

ART BASEL MANAGER RESIGNS
Lorenzo A. Rudolf has resigned as manager of the Basel Art Fair, a post he has held since 1991. He has been appointed spokesman of the managing board of the Frankfurt Book Fair by the Association of the German Book Trade. Art 31 Basel is scheduled for June 21-26, 2000.

MARGIT ANKLES
Museum of Modern Art curator of drawings Margit Rowell has left the post at MoMA to pursue independent projects.