WHITNEY LISTS 2002 BIENNIALITES
The Whitney Museum has listed the 113 artists and teams included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, which is billed as featuring more sound, performance, architecture and internet art than ever before, and which will for the first time include installations in Central Park.
The curatorial team -- Whitney contemporary curator Lawrence Rinder with film and video curator Chrissie Iles, media arts curator Christiane Paul and contemporary art curator Debra Singer -- boasts of traveling to 43 towns or cities in 27 states and Puerto Rico to view works. The artists in the show were born in 23 countries, work in 20 states and Puerto Rico, and range in age from 24 to 71. Yikes! Here they are:
Peggy Ahwesh, Bosmat Alon, José Alvarez, Maryanne Amacher, Archive, Gregor Asch (DJ Olive the Audio Janitor), Irit Batsry, Robert Beavers, Zoe Beloff, Sanford Biggers, Susan Black, Jeremy Blake, AA Bronson, James Buckhouse, Javier Cambre, Jim Campbell, Karin Campbell, Peter Campus, Vija Celmins, Chan Chao, Richard Chartier, Tony Cokes, Stephen Dean, Destroy All Monsters Collective, Keith Edmier, Tirtza Even, Omer Fast, Vincent Fecteau, Ken Feingold, Robert Fenz, Mary Flanagan, Glen Fogel, Forcefield, Benjamin Fry, Brian Frye, David Gatten, Joe Gibbons, Luis Gispert, Gogol Bordello, Janine Gordon, Alfred Guzzetti, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Rachel Harrison, Tim Hawkinson, Arturo Herrera, Evan Holloway, Dennis Hopper, Peter Hutton, Ken Jacobs, Christian Jankowski, Lisa Jevbratt/C5, Yun-Fei Ji, Chris Johanson, Miranda July, Yael Kanarek, Margaret Kilgallen, Kim Sooja, Diane Kitchen, John Klima, Mark LaPore, Robert Lazzarini, John Leaños, Margot Lovejoy, Vera Lutter, Christian Marclay, Ari Marcopoulos, Bruce McClure, Conor McGrady, Meredith Monk, Julie Moos, Tracie Morris, Mark Napier, Robert Nideffer, Andrew Noren, Josh On & Futurefarmers, Roxy Paine, Hirsch Perlman, Leighton Pierce, William Pope.L, Praxis, Seth Price, Walid Ra'ad/The Atlas Group, Luis Recoder, Erwin Redl, Marina Rosenfeld, The Rural Studio, Salon de Fleurus, Keith Sanborn, Peter Sarkisian, Judith Schaechter, Collier Schorr, Chemi Rosado Seijo, silt, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, Gerry Snyder, Stom Sogo, Phil Solomon, Scott Stark, Steina, Brian Tolle, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Lauretta Vinciarelli, Stephen Vitiello, Chris Ware, Ouattara Watts, Peter Williams, Anne Wilson, Lebbeus Woods, Fred Worden, Jennifer Zackin, Zhang Huan, John Zurier.
For more details on some of the individual artists, check out the Whitney website.
GUGG MAKES FUCKEDCOMPANY.COM
The most famous online "dead pool" of the internet era is Philip Kaplan's FuckedCompany.com, a website that posts daily lists (and accompanying comic comments from its visitors) of layoffs and similar bad news afflicting dot-coms and other well-known companies. Art loving web-cruisers were stunned to see one recent entry -- the Guggenheim Museum, cited for the "biggest" staff cuts in the "museam's" history. The New York Times reported that 20 percent of the museum's staff, or about 80 people, are facing the knife -- though insiders are predicting substantially larger numbers. One sign of the art-world's sluggish entry into cyberspace -- in five days, only 44 comments have been posted.
HIRST COCAINE NEWS Damien Hirst's cocaine binges are making the news in the contemporary shock artist's native England. In the latest, writer Toby Young reports in the London Guardian that he was blackballed from the Groucho Club, a celebrated watering hole for media types founded in 1984, after revealing in his new book that Hirst had demanded to be supplied with cocaine during a photo session for Vanity Fair's "Cool Britannia" issue at the club back in 1996. Hirst himself speaks openly about his drug use in his new book, On the Way to Work, a recently published collection of interviews. According to Young, his ouster from the club was engineered by new Groucho Club owner and PR expert Matthew Freud (who recently married Rupert Murdoch's daughter), who may have wanted to project a "squeaky clean" image to his business partners. Scotland Yard has announced a recent crackdown on middle-class cocaine use.
MACGREGOR TO BRIT MUSEUM? Neil MacGregor, director of London's National Gallery since 1987, is expected to be selected as the new director of the 250-year-old British Museum. Though MacGregor, a 55-year-old bachelor, is widely considered a top curator and fundraiser, he would have his job cut out for him: the British Museum has an annual deficit of about $4.5 million and attendance is one-third less than expected. MacGregor is the favored candidate in a field that includes National Portrait Gallery director Charles Saumarez-Smith and Museum of London director Simon Thurley. The final decision goes to Prime Minister Tony Blair.
ARCHITECTS FOR LACMA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art promised to announce its selection for the architect for its new $200-million expansion and renovation, announced last May, which is slated to include a new contemporary art center and the possible razing of the Ahmanson building. In the long-running search to unify the museum's "campus," five finalist firms had each gotten $200,000 to do a design. But the trustees couldn't make a decision and are now considering two -- Rem Koolhaas and Jean Nouvel. A decision is promised after intense and detailed study.
STOCKBROKER BOON TO CURRIER GALLERY
The Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, N.H., has received $43 million to create an endowment for acquisitions and operations from the estate of Henry Melville Fuller, a Manchester native son who was a stockbroker at Wood Walker & Co. in New York. Fuller, who died in August, also left the museum his collection of 19th-century paintings and a group of 350 paperweights. Fuller also left $39 million to Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and $4 million to the Manchester Historic Association.
APERTURE DOES ESS BOOK
Pinhole photog supreme Barbara Ess is the subject of a new book from Aperture, called I Am Not This Body, her first major publication (since Just Another Asshole, an artists' book she did back in the roaring '80s). The 96-page tome features 70 four-color images and is $35. Book-signings are slated for the International Center of Photography on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. and Printed Matter on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.
GET IN FREE AT MOMA
In a celebration of the different boroughs of New York City, the Museum of Modern Art is offering free admission to visitors of each of the five boroughs on given Saturdays, beginning with Queens on Dec. 8, 2001 and Brooklyn on Dec. 15, 2001 (the remaining three days are to be announced). Entry is free with proof of residency (driver's license, utility bill); up to three guests are included.
Say a fond farewell to the Newseum in the former IBM building on Madison Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan, which has since 1995 mounted notable exhibitions of news photography in its basement galleries. USA Today mogul Al Neuharth's Freedom Forum, battered by a $300 million decline in assets over the last two years, is moving its operations to a new facility in Washington, D.C., slated to open in 2005. What fate awaits the expansive subterranean galleries, once home to a popular IBM contemporary art center? Stay tuned.