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The Armory Show art fair in New York just continues to grow -- and has moved its venue once again, this time to the huge Show Piers on the Hudson, 12th Ave. between 48th and 50th Street, to accommodate the 170 participating galleries. Last year's show, giddily celebrated as an unparalleled cutting-edge fest -- featured a mere 95 international dealers at the Jacob Javits Center. The 2001 installment includes galleries from 38 countries, including Osaka (Kodama), Tel-Aviv (Sommer Contemporary), Larkspur (Light Project), Marseille (Roger Pailhas), Mexico City (Nina Menocal) and even Houston (Inman). Of the remainder, 70 come from New York, 16 from London, 11 from Berlin, seven from Paris, seven from Zurich, six from Cologne and five from Los Angeles. The cost of a booth ranges from $5,700 to $21,000. Some of that vast river of contemporary art money is flowing to the Museum of Modern Art, whose exhibition fund benefits from the gala opening on Feb. 22; tickets are $500. The fair began a mere six years ago in considerably more cramped quarters at the Gramercy Park Hotel on lower Lexington Avenue. The exhibition, which is sponsored by Phillips Auctioneers and dedicated to the memory of dealer Pat Hearn (1955-2000), runs Feb. 23-26, 2001 and admission is $15; call (212) 645-6440 for more info.

Museum-goers get a chance to reassess the art of Anna Mary Robertson, otherwise known as Grandma Moses (1860-1961), when the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., launches the national tour of "Grandma Moses in the 21st Century," Mar. 15-June 10, 2001. The exhibition, organized by New York art dealer and scholar Jane Kallir, features 87 works, including the artist's last finished painting, Rainbow (1961), a "joyous celebration of life" completed when the artist was over 100 years old. The exhibition is circulated by Art Services International in Alexandria, Va., and is scheduled to appear at museums in San Diego, Orlando, Tulsa, Columbus (Oh.) and Portland (Ore.) in a tour sponsored by AARP. The show is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue ($65 hardcover, $39.95 softcover).

Is the Tate Modern sending a message about which major museum rules the 21st century? In its first major exhibition since opening nine months ago, the Tate unveils "Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis," Feb. 1-Apr. 29, 2001. In a clear claim to define global culture, the show focuses on nine cities during the times that they were "crucibles for innovation": Bombay/Mumbai 1992-2001, Lagos 1955-1970, London 1990-2001, Moscow 1916-1930, New York 1969-1974, Paris 1905-1915, Rio de Janeiro 1955-1969, Tokyo 1969-1973 and Vienna 1908-1918.

Don't bother looking for Douglass Shand-Tucci's The Art of Scandal: The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner (HarperCollins, 1998) at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. According to the Boston Phoenix, the museum store has pulled the book from its shelves due to "a lot of innuendo that can't be substantiated," in the words of a desk clerk. The book, which received glowing reviews from the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic and Kirkus Reviews, details Gardner's role as a patron and friend of Boston's gay subculture of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The museum had no official response.

Havana's emblematic raft-artist Alexis Leyva Machado, otherwise known as Kcho, opens a special show of drawings in Austin, Tex., at Fran Magee's Gallery 106, Feb. 4-Mar. 5, 2001. Gallery 106 specializes in showing contemporary Cuban art to raise funds for, a nonprofit foundation that takes medical supplies to Cuba. The exhibition catalogue includes an essay by Arizona State University Art Museum director Marilyn A. Zeitlyn. For more info contact Gallery 106 at 1219 Castle Hill Street, Austin, Tx. 78703.

Along six other new top-level domains designed to take pressure off of currently saturated domains such as ".com," the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has selected the ".museum" suffix for further negotiation and likely recommendation to the U.S. Department of Commerce for implementation, reports ArtsWire. Good news? Not necessarily, according to some artists and arts administrators who are concerned the registration will be restricted to organizations that fit the definition of museum established by the International Council of Museums, bypassing virtual entities and alternative spaces that do not maintain a permanent collection of objects. The council currently defines a museum as "a non-profit-making, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, and open to the public, which acquires, conserves and researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of study, education and enjoyment, material evidence of people and their environment." But ICANN states that a resolution to expand the definition to include organizations dealing with intangible cultural property is already on the agenda for the July 2001 installment of the organization's triennial general assemblies.

The Kent City Council in England is launching a design competition for a new £7-million arts center at Margate dedicated to the work of J.M.W. Turner, who lodged at the seaside town during the 1830s. But not everyone is cheering the project, most notably humor magazine Martian FM, which argues that the winning scheme will be damned as an eyesore and turn out to be more expensive than planned. The solution? Change the project to commemorate Margate's most famous daughter, Tracey Emin, who has not shied from showing great disdain for the town as part of her art. In the spirit of fairness, the magazine encourages you to vote for your favorite representative.

-- compiled by Giovanni Garcia-Fenech
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