SPRING 2002 ART FAIR LINEUP
The double-barreled New York City art fairs of late February -- the Armory Show at Piers 88 and 90 and the Art Dealers Association of America Art Show at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue -- are fading into memory. The Whitney Biennial opens tomorrow, Mar. 7-May 13, 2002, with a show that looks to be the freshest in recent memory (more on that in the near future).
So what else is up for globe-trotting art lovers this spring?
Start with TEFAF Maastricht 2002, Mar. 8-17, 2002, the international art and antiques fair in the Netherlands border city, featuring presentations by nearly 200 dealers from 13 countries. Arrayed in the huge hall at MECC (the Maastricht Exhibition and Convention Center) are some of the rare prizes on the market, spotlighted against black velvet walls in booths arrayed along aisles given names like Champs Elysées and Trafalgar Square. Among the top pieces are a drawing from Castle Howard by Michelangelo at Jean-Luc Baroni, a portrait of St. Philip by Anthony van Dyck at Salomon Lilian and Rembrandt's Minerva at Otto Naumann.
About half the exhibitors specialize in Old Masters (Agnew's, Bernheimer, Simon Dickinson, French & Co., Richard Green, Haboldt & Co., Jack Kilgore, Noortman, David Tunick, Axel Vervoordt), a quarter in decorative arts and antiques (A la Vielle Russie, Blumka, Philippe Denys, Peter Finer, Sweerts de Landas, Mallett, S.J. Shrubsole, Linda Wrigglesworth) and a quarter in modern art (Galerie Gmurzynska, Xavier Hufkens, Annely Juda, Marlborough, Barbara Mathes, Anthony Meier, Galerie Thomas, Waddington, Michael Werner). General admission is 30 euros.
Two weeks later, it's off to the Southern Hemisphere for the 25th Bienal de São Paulo, Mar. 23-June 2, 2002, with 190 artists from 70 countries taking up the theme of "Iconografias Metropolitanas" at the 30,000-square-meter exhibition space on three floors of the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion. Chief curator is Alfons Hug.
The show is divided into several sections, including one dedicated to 11 cities, each of which is represented by five artists. New York, for instance, is depicted in works by Sarah Morris, Nancy Davenport, Lucinda Devlin, Shirin Neshat and Doug Hall. From Berlin are Olaf Metzel, Katarina Grosse, Frank Thiel, Michael Wesely and Franz Ackermann, while London is represented by Michael Landy, Gillian Wearing, Glenn Brown, Keith Tyson and Richard Wentworth. Other cities in this section are São Paulo, Caracas, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney and Moscow. Other artists include Haluk Akakçe, Marcel Odenbach, David Goldblatt and Mariko Mori.
A 12th city is "utopian," and includes works by Armin Linke, Arthur Omar, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Carsten Holler, Huang Yong Ping & Shen Yuan, Isay Weinfeld & Marcio Kogan, Los Carpinteros, Mauricio Dias & Walter Riedweg, Robert Cabot, Sara Sze, Yutaka Sone and Spencer Tunick.
The Bienal's special Brazilian section, curated by Agnaldo Farias, includes works by Alexander Pilis, Ana Miguel, Brígida Baltar, Cao Guimarães, Chelpa Ferro, Daniel Acosta, Eduardo Frota, Eliane Prolik, Fábio Cardoso, Gil Vicente, José Bechara, José Damasceno, José Rufino, Carina Weidle, Marcelo Solá, Marcos Chaves, Marepe, Oriana Duarte, Paulo Whitaker, Ricardo Basbaum, Sérgio Sister, Helmut Batista and Carmela Gross.
Special project rooms are being done by Juliao Sarmento, Sean Scully, Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, Jeff Koons and Vanessa Beecroft.
Another section, called "National Representations," features works by 70 artists from 70 countries: Anri Sala (Albania), Dino Bruzzone (Argentina), Azat Sargsyan (Armenia), Robert MacPherson (Australia), Georg P. Thomann (Austria), Richard Venlet (Belgium), Raquel Schwartz (Bolivia), Marran Gosov (Bulgaria), Pascale Marthine Tayou (Camaroon), Stan Douglas (Canada), Pablo Rivera (Chile) Wang Jian Wei (China), Luiz Fernando Peláez (Colombia), Chéri Samba (Congo), Andres Carranza (Costa Rica), Ivan Faktor (Croatia), Yioula Hadjigeorghiou (Cyprus), Ingar Dragset & Michael Elmgreen (Denmark), Manuel Amaru Cholango (Ecuador), Abd El Salam Eid (Egypt), Rodolfo Molina (El Salvador), Seppo Renvall (Finland), Jean-Luc Moulène (France), Rupprecht Geiger (Germany), Willie Doherty (Great Britain), Maria Papadimitiou (Greece), Melanie Rios (Guatemala), Johanna Montero Matamoros (Honduras), Tamás Komoróczky (Hungary), Arahmaiani (Indonesia), Clare Langan (Ireland), Gal Weinstein (Israel), Margherita Manzelli (Italy), Kimio Tsuchiya (Japan), Famous Five (Latvia), Nabil Nahas (Lebanon), Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico), Gavin Hipkins (New Zealand), Patricia Belli (Nicaragua), Ole Jorgen Ness (Norway), Sliman Mansour (Palestine), Gustavo Araujo (Panama), Jesús Ruiz Nestosa (Paraguay), Philippe Gruenberg/Pablo Hare (Peru), Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland), João Tabarra (Portugal), Charles Juhasz-Alvarado (Puerto Rico), Sergey Bratkov (Russia), Hong Sek Chern (Singapore), Art Center Metelkova Mesto (Slovenia), Pitso Chinzima (South Africa), Kim Atta (South Korea), Rogelio López Cuenca (Spain), Annika Eriksson (Sweden), Fabrice Gygi (Switzerland), Chien-Chi Chang (Taiwan), Atelier van Lieshout (Netherlands), Edward Bowen (Trinidad & Tobago), Canan Beykal (Turkey), Taras Polataiko (Ukraine), Kara Walker (United States), Marco Maggi (Uruguay), Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuela), Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Vietnam), Mrdjan Bajic (Yugoslavia).
Other shows of note coming up this spring:
Art Chicago celebrates its 10th anniversary at Navy Pier, May 10-13, with 200 modern and contemporary galleries. One new feature this time around is "Metropolis," an exhibition of 20 artists organized by Peter Doroshenko and Victor Zamudio-Taylor at the Institute of Visual Arts in Milwaukee. Art Chicago's "invitational" section includes Bodybuilder and Sportsman (Chicago), Cohan, Leslie and Brown (New York), Dee/Glasoe (New York), Goldman Tevis (Los Angeles), James Harris (Seattle), Howard House (Seattle), Maccarone (New York), Meyer Riegger (Karlsruhe), Post (Los Angeles), the Project (New York and Los Angeles), Monique Meloche (Chicago), Susanne Vielmetter (Los Angeles) and Serge Ziegler (Zurich).
Manifesta 4, the European Biennial for Contemporary Art, founded in 1996 and moving from city to city (Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Ljubljana), is slated now for Frankfurt/Main, May 24-Aug. 25, 2002. The show is curated by Iara Boubnova from Sofia, Nuria Enguita Mayo from Barcelona and Stephanie Moisdon Trembley from Paris and focuses largely on young European artists, spread around around Frankfurt at Portikus, the Schirn Kunsthalle and other spaces.
After a series of pre-exhibition meetings, or "platforms," held by curator Okwui Enwezor in scenic Vienna, Berlin, New Delhi, St. Lucia and Lagos, Documenta 11 gears up in Kassel, Germany, June 8-Sept. 15. Size-wise, the every-five-year exhibition is the largest ever, with works by over 100 artists at five sites: the Fridericianum, the Karlsrue, Documenta Hall, the Kulturbahnhof and a new, 6,000-square-foot exhibition space, the former Binding Brewery building near the Fridericianum.
Finally, the granddaddy of European modern and contemporary art fairs, Art Basel, opens a few days later in its 33rd installment, June 12-17, with 262 galleries participating. Among the newcomers are 303, Zabriskie and Joan T. Washburn (New York), the Mayor Gallery (London), SCAI The Bathhouse and Shiraishi Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Campaña (Cologne) and Contemporary Fine Arts and Berinson (Berlin). Basel's trademark "Art Statements" section of 17 solo shows is back, as is the hall of special large-scale projects.