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P.S.1 and the Museum of Modern Art have finally named the participants in "Greater New York," the first post-merger curatorial collaboration between the two institutions, slated for Feb. 27-May 16, 2000, at PS1 in Long Island City. With the work of 149 artists occupying nearly all of PS1's space, the show promises to compete with that other big spring contemporary art sampler, the Whitney Biennial.

Curators selected 149 New York area artists from 2,000 initial applicants, after visiting over 250 studios throughout the five boroughs, lower Westchester and New Jersey. The list includes a few of the usual suspects -- Cecily Brown, Elizabeth Peyton, Lisa Yuskavage -- but plenty of new names as well. And the winners are…

Terence Accola, Manuel Acevedo, Ricci Albenda, Ghada Amer, Alfredo Arcia, Adriana Arenas, Michael Ashkin, Nicole Awai, Adam Baer, Tracey Baran, Aidas Bareikis, Yael Bartana, Jane Benson, BIG ROOM, Jimbo Blachly, Jeremy Blake, Chakaia Booker, Jennifer Bornstein, Bob Braine, Michael Bramwell, Jesse Bransford, Steven Brower, Cecily Brown, Matthew Buckingham, Luca Buvoli, Elizabeth Campbell, Francis Cape, Kelly Chang, Yungshu Chao, Jennifer Cho, Seoungho Cho, Steve Choo, Peter Coe, Diana Cooper, Jessica Craig-Martin, Jordan Crandall, E.V. Day, Lucky DeBellevue, Robert de Mar, Elena del Rivero, Kelly Driscoll, David Dupuis, Aleksandar Duravcevic, Keith Edmier, Benjamin Edwards, Inka Essenhigh, Roe Ethridge, Rachel Feinstein, Teresita Fernandez, William Fick, Jonah Freeman, Ellen Gallagher, Tim Gardner,Jeff Gauntt, Hope Ginsburg, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Sam Gordon, Terence Gower, Tolland Grinnell, Chris Hammerlein, Chris Hanson & Hendrike Sonnenberg, Sharon Harper, Rachel Harrison, Jill Henderson, Arturo Herrera, Dana Hoey, Jonathan Horowitz, Timothy Hutchings, Emily Jacir, Julia Jacquette, Gareth James, Natalie Jeremijenko, Ernest Jolicoeur, Brad Kahlhamer, Sermin Kardestuncer, Seth Kelly, Nina Khatchadourian, Joachim Koester, Jeff Konigsberg, Udomsak Krisanamis, Alex Ku, Justine Kurland, Julian Laverdiere, Nikki Lee, Daniel Lefcourt, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Pia Lindman, Mark Lombardi, Charles Long, Michelle Lopez, Kristin Lucas, Giles Lyon, Johnna Macarthur, Caitlin Masley, Tony Matelli, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Julie Mehretu, John Menick, Deborah Mesa-Pelly, Arnoldo Morales, Shirin Neshat, Nils Norman, Olu Oguibe, Mick O'Shea, Roxy Paine, Erik Parker, Bruce Pearson, Sheila Pepe, David Perry, Elizabeth Peyton, Paul Pfeiffer, Michael Phelan, Richard Phillips, John Pilson, Rob Pruitt, Nadine Robinson, Ruth Root, Alex Ross, Lisa Ruyter, Calvin Seibert, Lawrence Seward, Jocelyn Shipley, Alyson Shotz, James Siena, Shazia Sikander, Amy Sillman, Gwen Smith, Valeska Soares, Mi Young Sohn, Dylan Stone, Do-Ho Suh, Jude Tallichet, Javier Tellez, Scott Teplin, Nicola Tyson, Piotr Uklanski, Cynthia Underwood, Mark Dean Veca, Anton Vidokle, Steven Vitiello, Douglas Wada, Olav Westphalen, TJ Wilcox, Clara Williams, Karen Yasinsky and Lisa Yuskavage.

-- Max Henry, Gotham Dispatch

President Clinton's new budget proposes $150 million for the National Endowment for the Arts in the fiscal year 2001 -- a substantial increase over the agency's current budget of $97.6 million. $50 million of the new budget is earmarked for the "Challenge America" program that aims to connect arts organizations with previously underserved local communities, a response to Congress' complaints that the NEA directs too much funding to New York and Los Angeles.

In addition, the President has proposed $463 million for the Smithsonian Institution (up $25 million from last year), $78.9 million for the National Gallery of Art (up $11 million from last year) and $10 million for a new arts education collaboration between the NEA and the Department of Education to provide arts programming for students.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is keeping a watch on the U.S. Justice Department's ongoing investigation of price-fixing at Christie's and Sotheby's. Until 1996, when Christie's and Sotheby's set the sellers' commissions beginning at six percent, and buyers' commissions between six and 10 percent, Australia's art dealers and collectors could haggle over fees. An ACCC spokesperson told the Melbourne Age that the Consumer Commission has an arrangement with the Justice Department to exchange information about companies that operate in both countries, and that it will take action against the local branches if there is evidence of collusion.

The Museum of Modern Art has selected the Los Angeles firm Michael Maltzen Architects to design the gallery space of the Swingline Building in Long Island City, where the museum will show portions of its permanent collection and hold exhibitions from 2002 to 2004, while its midtown Manhattan location undergoes a $650,000 renovation. Maltzen joins the New York architecture firm Cooper, Robertston and Partners, which was hired to redesign the rest of the 140,000-square-foot site located at 45-20 33rd Street. The Swingline Building was purchased by MoMA in 1999 and is just blocks away from MoMA's new partner, P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center. Maltzen beat out the firms Studio Asymptote, Archi-Tectonics and Preston Scott Cohen for the commission.

The new £134 million Tate Modern museum will not be charging admission price, thanks to culture secretary Chris Smith's decision to raise the Tate's present £19.8 million subsidy by over £5 million. Queen Elizabeth officially opens the museum in May to an expected 3,000,000 visitors the first year. The museum is scheduled to remain open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Smith has still not achieved his goal to make admission to all of Britain's museums free; several museums that currently charge entry fees say that the proposed £30 million government compensation would not cover their losses at the ticket office. Smith said talks would continue over the next month.

DISPUTED RAUSCHENBERG FOR SALE's online auctions is offering Robert Rauschenberg's legendary 1974 mixed-media print Pull (est. $8,000-$10,000), made famous when San Francisco photographer Morton Beebe sued the artist for incorporating two of his photographs in the work without permission. The lawsuit eventually led Rauschenberg to use only his own photographs in his collages. Initially Rauschenberg claimed that the work was protected by the First Amendment, but settled out of court for $3,000, all legal fees, a copy of the print and an agreement to credit Beebe whenever the work is exhibited. The print is being offered along a signed copy of Beebe's Diver, one of the photos used in Pull.

The L'Oréal Art and Science Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual prize for art that "demonstrates a creative dialogue between art, science and color." The 30,000 Euro ($29,591) grand prize goes to Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey for Mother & Child, a project carried out in collaboration with Wales' Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research. The artists produced photographic images through photosynthesis by projecting a negative onto the surface of young grass, with the image emerging as the blades of grass matured.

Promotion prizes of 15,000 Euros ($14,795) went to Japanese biologist Kenato Arikawas for A Detective Story in the Butterfly Eye, which showed that butterflies' eyes contain five types of spectral receptors, and to French chemist Sandrine Pages-Camagna, of the Laboratoire de Recherche des Musées de France, for The Secrets of Egyptian Blue and Green Pigments, a research project that led to the rediscovery of the processes that allowed Egyptian artists to produce synthetic pigments.

ETW Corp., a company created to market golfer Tiger Woods' name and likeness, is suing Alabama-based sports artist Rick Rush for the use of Woods' image on the artist's serigraph The Masters of Augusta. ETW claims the series of prints cause "consumer confusion" and violates the golfer's trademark. Rush's publishing company, Jireh, is disputing the suit and has established a foundation called Artists for the First Amendment in response to the allegations.

Betsy Senior and Laurence Shopmaker's new space opens at 21 E. 26th Street on Feb. 18, 2000, with two concurrent exhibitions, "Ellen Phelan: Still Lifes" and "Robert Mangold: New Editions," both on view through Apr. 1, 2000. Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, as the 3,000-square-foot gallery is known, is the first gallery in the Madison Square Park area -- the neighborhood preciously christened "NoMad" by the New York Times. The gallery was designed by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Random House releases a new edition of Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" illustrated with the works of Paul Gauguin. The 17 paintings, drawn from a number of different collections, nicely complement the sexy poem extolling unconventional beauty, and for $19.95 you'll have enough money left over to buy your sweetheart some candy. If candy is not your style, take a look at, where for $500 you can buy Map of the Human Heart, yBa Marc Quinn's limited-edition photographic print that, like his frozen blood self-portrait in "Sensation," is more literal than the metaphoric.

-- compiled by Giovanni Garcia-Fenech