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Comic conceptualist Martin Creed, 33, known for artworks made of neon signs saying things like "Don’t Worry" and rooms filled with balloons, has won the 2001 Turner Prize, a £20,000 annual award for a British artist under 50. Creed, who now lives on the Mediterranean island of Alicudi, was unanimously selected by the jury of artists and museum curators, beating out his fellow British artists Richard Billingham, Isaac Julian and Mike Nelson. The televised ceremony made controversy of its own as Madonna, who was enlisted to present the award, cursed up a storm. "At a time when political correctness is valued over honesty," the pop diva declared, "I would also like to say, Right on, motherfuckers, everyone is a winner!" Creed, who has said his work is about the qualities of nothing, accepted the check with a typically minimal, "Thank you."

New York’s classiest winter art fair is moving from Park Avenue to midtown on the West Side! The 48th annual Winter Antiques Show, displaced from the Park Avenue armory by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, is now being mounted at the Americas Exhibition Halls at the Hilton New York hotel on the Avenue of the Americas between 53rd and 54th Streets, Jan. 20-27, 2002. Some 70 exhibitors, with a core of 25 American dealers, bring an eclectic range of art, antiques and collectibles. The special loan exhibition, “Shells, Scrolls and Cabrioles: American Furniture from Winterthur,” is sponsored by the Chubb Group. Daily admission is $16, and includes a catalogue. For a complete list of exhibitors, see the website at

The gala opening night party, Jan. 19, benefits the East Side House Settlement in the Bronx; tickets range in price from $250 to $2,000. “Young Collectors” are treated to a special night on Jan. 24; tickets are $125 and $225. For more information regarding these events, contact (718) 292-7392.

The 2002 Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (, is set for the north pavilion of the Jacob Javits Center, Feb. 21-25, 2002. More than 70 exhibitors are to be on hand for the prestigious fair, which this year celebrates the ADAA’s 40th anniversary (and is usually held in the capacious and only slightly down-on-its-heels Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street). The gala opening on Feb. 20 benefits the Henry Street Settlement. Tickets are priced between $150 and $2,000; for info (212) 766-9200 ext. 248.

Some of the 2002 Art Show highlights: a tribute to Andre Emmerich at Ameringer/Howard/Yohe; drawings by Piet Mondrian at PaceWildenstein; a 1648 Rembrandt self portrait at David Tunick; Arte Povera at Barbara Gladstone; a painting of Central Park by Frida Kahlo at Mary-Anne Martin; and Grandma Moses at Galerie St. Etienne. General admission is $15 a day. The Javits Center north pavilion -- a parking lot covered by a tent -- was home to the Armory Show (nee Gramercy Hotel fair) two years ago, before it moved to the piers.

And the Armory Show 2002, the fourth annual edition of the hip New York fair devoted to avant-garde art, is scheduled for Feb. 22-25, 2002, on Piers 88 and 90 over the Hudson River at 12th Avenue between 48th and 50th Street. More than 150 galleries are participating, ranging from Acme in Los Angeles to Zeno X in Antwerp; 14 publishers of editions and multiples are also on board. Tickets are $15. A complete list of exhibitors can be found at The fair coincides with the ADAA Art Show (see above).

The opening night gala on Feb. 21 benefits exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art. For info on tickets, call MoMA at (212) 708-9680 or email to

The fourth annual San Francisco International Art Exposition, featuring more than 2,000 artists from some 100 galleries from 12 countries, opens at Fort Mason Center by the San Francisco Bay, Jan. 18-21, 2002. The opening night preview on Jan. 17 is a benefit for the San Francisco Art Institute; tickets are priced between $300 and $1,500. For more info, email For a complete list of exhibitors, check out the website at

The FFD/Miami Contemporary Art Fair takes place this coming weekend at the Hotel Nash in Miami Beach, Dec. 14-16, 2001. The show was cobbled together with notable speed after Art Basel Miami fair was called off. Participating galleries range from Arena, Bellwether and Roebling Hall in Brooklyn to Bodybuilder & Sportsman and Monique Meloche in Chicago, with Laurent Delaye from London, Catharine Clark from San Francisco and Espacio Minimo from Madrid.

Serge Lemoine, chief curator of the Musée de Grenoble since 1986, has been appointed director of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. He succeeds Henri Loyrette, who was named head of the Louvre last April.