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British show organizers Brian and Anna Haughton have snared the newest art fair venue for their upcoming International Asian Art Fair to be held Mar. 22-26, 2002. Their seventh annual event will be held in a custom-made tent at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Located directly adjacent to the Metropolitan Opera House in Damrosch Park, the site is best known as the venue for the Big Apple Circus. "Elegant, festive and historic," is how Anna Haughton describes this new locale. The contract was signed on Dec. 11, 2001. The Haughtons had spent months searching for this location, after the military takeover of all armories in New York State since the World Trade Center tragedy led to the cancellation of numerous fairs, including both their September and October shows.
-- Brook S. Mason

The Art Institute of Chicago has filed suit in Dallas to find out what happened to close to $40 million that it placed with the Dallas firm Integral Investment Management, according to a recent story in the Chicago Tribune. Integral specializes in hedge funds, which can give high returns -- and large losses. According to the Tribune, the AIC now has 59 percent of its $667 million investment portfolio in such funds. "The Art Institute is in sound financial condition," said AIC boardmember Edward Homer Jr., who also said the museum was conducting a review of its finances. The F.B.I. is also reported to be looking into the case.

Move over, Harry Potter! The University of Michigan Museum of Art presents "Women Who Ruled: Queens, Goddesses, Amazons 1500-1650," Feb. 17-May 5, 2002. The approximately 80 Renaissance and Baroque works are selected by curator Annette Dixon, and include George Gower's ca. 1586 Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, Bronzino's ca. 1545 Portrait of Eleanora of Toledo and her Son, and Fede Galizia's 1596 picture of Judith with the Head of Holofernes. The show, which is sponsored by Ford, is expected to travel.

The new George and Helen Segal Foundation has donated George Segal's Abraham's Farewell to Ishmael (1987) to the Miami Art Museum. The gift is the foundation's first, and made in consideration of the artist's long-time friendship with Miami Art Museum chief Suzanne Delahanty, according to Helen Segal. The sculpture, which shows four figures about to part, was first shown at the museum in 1998 as part of the traveling Segal retrospective. At present, the foundation is concentrating on an inventory and exhibitions, though it expects to make grants to young artists. For more info, see George Segal died in 2000 at age 75.

Triple Candie, a new, 4,700-square-foot nonprofit exhibition space in central Harlem, opens with "Rumors of War," curated by Franklin Sirmans, Dec. 15, 2001-Jan. 27, 2002. "Rumors of War" is inspired by Jacob Lawrence's "War" series of 1948-47, and funded in part by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation; the show includes works by Matthew Bakkorn, Lennon Jno Baptiste, Bariele Di Matteo, Deborah Grant and half a dozen other artists. Triple Candie is directed by Shelly Bancroft, formerly of the Boston Center for the Arts, and is located at 461 West 126th Street, near the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and half a block west of Christian Haye's gallery, The Project.

Robert Henry Adams, 46, Chicago art dealer who specialized in American modernists, died at his home of metastatic melanoma on Nov. 15, 2001. Adams opened Robert Henry Adams Fine Art in 1983, moving to the River North gallery district in 1994. He handled works by Thomas Benton, Stuart Davis, Laslo Moholy-Nagy, James Bolivar Needham, Tony Smith and the estate of John Storrs. The gallery will continue to operate, with Valerie Carberry as director.