TEFAF MAASTRICHT 2001
Where are all those Old Master dealers going? Why, to the European Fine Art Foundation's Maastrict 2001 art fair, Mar. 10-18, featuring 197 of the world's greatest dealers in antiques, antiquities, Old Masters, decorative arts and even 20th-century art. The fair, which is mounted at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Center) in the small southern Dutch town near both Cologne and Liège, is notorious for the high quality of its wares, so high, in fact, that the general level of elation among exhibitors and visitors could lead one to suspect that fair organizers were pumping a bit of helium into the hall!
New exhibitors in the 20th-century art section include Acquavella Galleries from New York and Richard Nagy of London; other newcomers are Caylus (Madrid), Daatselaar & Godhelp (Utrecht), Graff (London) and Angela Gräfin von Wallwitz (Munich). TEFAF is also sponsoring "Imperial Paintings from Prague, the Castle Collection" at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht. The fair is sponsored by the Chubb Group of insurance companies for the next three years. For more information, check out the TEFAF Maastricht website at www.tefaf.com.
NEW LUCELIA AWARD FOR AMERICAN ART
The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has launched the Lucelia Artist Award, an annual $25,000 prize to be awarded to a leading contemporary American artist under the age of 50. The award is funded by the Lucelia Foundation in New York, a private organization that supports 19th-century American and contemporary art. The award is to be selected by a panel of five jurors, who are to remain anonymous until after their choice is made; executive director of the award is Sidra Stich, director of the Art-Sites series of art handbooks. The inaugural 2001 winner is to be announced in May.
ART BIKES, NOT BOMBS
Bicycles transformed by artists into mobile works of art are the focus of New England's first ArtBike Exhibition and Auction, to be held at Gallery Bershad in the Boston suburb of Somerville on June 1, 2001. More than 20 functional bikes are to be auctioned, with the funds raised going to benefit Bikes not Bombs, a 19-year-old bicycle advocacy organization that ships about 1,000 used bicycles to Third World countries, and which also provides a wide variety of bicycle-focused vocational service to local teens all over Boston. The bikes go on view at local businesses throughout May. Bikes not Bombs has previously held two such auctions in Toronto; for more info, check out the group's website at www.bikesnotbombs.com.
MOMA RAISES $1.5 MILLION
The Museum of Modern Art raised $1.5 million for its educational programs at its fifth annual corporate luncheon, held at the museum on Feb. 28, 2001. The 400 guests saw potential New York mayoral candidate Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of the eponymous financial-news service, receive the 2001 David Rockefeller Award in honor of his cultural and civic philanthropies. Bloomberg helped underwrite Rachel Whiteread's Water Tower project for the Public Art Fund and sits on the board of the Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the Serpentine Gallery in London.
BRIT MUSEUM DEBUTS SAINSBURY AFRICAN GALLERIES
The British Museum in London debuts its new Sainsbury African Galleries on Mar. 3, 2001. More than 600 objects go on view in new, state-of-the-art galleries occupying approximately 2,790 square feet in the museum's recently reopened Great Court. In the installation, traditionally under-represented regions, such as the Maghrib, Northeast Africa and Madagascar, are highlighted. Moreover, the display includes a significant number of objects recently collected in the field, illuminating the modern as well as the historical life and art of Africa. In addition to items from ancient kingdoms such as Benin and Asante, the work of some of Africa's foremost contemporary artists is also on view.
CRUMB FOR MEDIA ARTISTS
A new website for media art, Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss (CRUMB), has been launched at www.newmedia.sunderland.ac.uk/crumb. Among the site's features are an interview with Matthew Gansallo on the Tate web commissions, links to new media projects and a discussion list. "Visit often ... leave crumbs," say the organizers, Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook.