NEW LOUVRE CHIEF
Musee d'Orsay director Henri Loyrette, 48, has been appointed new director of the Louvre in Paris, succeeding long-time Louvre head Pierre Rosenberg, who is retiring at age 65. Loyrette, an expert in 19th-century painting who has organized major exhibitions on Degas and Impressionism at the Grand Palais, has his work cut out for him. Last week the Louvre was closed by a four-day strike by employees protesting chronic understaffing and long working hours. Only 80 percent of the museum is open on any given day. The museum receives an average of 15,000 visitors a day. Loyrette's successor at the Orsay has yet to be named.
REINA SOFIA IN DALLAS
King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain are in Dallas this weekend, Mar. 29-31, 2001, to inaugurate the new facility for the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, reports Alan Peppard in the Dallas Morning News. The king will receive an honorary degree from SMU and unveil a bas-relief bronze portrait of himself by sculptor Miguel Zapata in the museum's entrance, which is to be dubbed La Sala Reina Sofia in honor of the queen. Also on hand is Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, whose architecture is the subject of the new museum's first exhibition.
$6 MILLION FOR ART SCHOOL
The Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) has received $6 million from African American businessman Eddie C. Brown and his wife, Sylvia, towards new building on campus. The four-story, 61,000-square-foot glass-encased structure is designed by Charles Brickbauer of Ziger/Snead Architects. Brown, 60, the founder and president of Brown Capital Management Inc., said the gift was inspired by the enrollment of his 35-year-old daughter as a graduate student at MICA. Brown's other philanthropies include six-figure donations to Howard University, a planned African American Museum in Baltimore and the Walters Art Museum.
That most exemplary of modernist images -- the monochrome painting -- is the subject of a new exhibition organized by New York art critic Lilly Wei at Florence Lynch Gallery in New York, Apr. 6-May. 26, 2001. "Monochrome/Monochrome?" is billed as a commentary on the complex nature of single color painting, tracing its multiple references over the last 30 years to everything from physicality and spirituality to political and racial identities. The show includes works by Rudolf de Crignis, Craig Fisher, Christian Garnett, Nancy Haynes, James Howell, Yves Klein, Glenn Ligon, Carmengloria Morales, Maria Morganti, Ruth Pastine, George Peck, Michael Rouillard, Erik Saxon, Phil Sims, Rudolf Stingel, Frederic Thursz, Patrick Wilson and Bob Yasuda.
NEW LONDON ART FAIR
A new London art fair, dubbed Fresh Art, promises a venue where "independent artists" can take stands and sell direct to the public. Fresh Art is scheduled for July 27-29, 2001, at London's Business Design Center. Fair director Lucy Field says that approximately 150 exhibiting artists are to be selected in the next two months, who are expected to offer works priced from £100 to £5,000. The fair is also hosting subsidized stands for 30 British colleges. For more information, go to www.freshartfair.co.uk.
VIDEO IN VIRGINIA
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond has received $100,000 from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation for a series of three video exhibitions in 2002. The shows present Pipilotti Rist's Sip My Ocean, Shirin Neshat's Rapture and Jane and Louise Wilson's Stasi City.
O'BRIEN'S HUMAN NATURE
"One thing I share with Richard Prince. We are both Ph.D.'s in American shtick." So says Glenn O'Brien in his introduction to his new book of poetry, Human Nature (Dub Version), due out this June from Greybull Press with new drawings by Postmodernist photog Richard Prince. None of the poems nor the drawings have been previously published; indeed, fans of Prince's work are in for a surprise, for his illustrations here are unlike anything he's done before. The book published in two versions: a limited edition of 750 clothbound and slip-cased copies for $75 and a signed edition of 250 copies including a silkscreen by Prince for $250. For more info, contact Greybull publisher Roman Alonso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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