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3/6/02


HO-HUM RESPONSE TO BUSH ARTS PICKS
Three weeks ago, U.S. president George W. Bush nominated six arts leaders to serve for six-year terms on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts -- and the response has been underwhelming, especially in the national newspapers of record. Arts Wire, the arts advocacy news site, has found two of the choices to be particularly objectionable.

Yale computer science prof David Gelernter, a painter and critic who has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and the Weekly Standard (and who was a victim of the Unabomber, losing some eyesight, hearing and fingers to one of the fanatic's mail bombs in 1993), is said to entertain "backward-looking ideas about the role of women in contemporary society" and a "judgmental approach to homosexuality," two qualities that "make him a problematical choice to advise on and judge the work of women artists, gay and lesbian artists, and all artists and arts organizations who support a diverse view of society." And Maribeth Walton McGinley, an artist who develops merchandise for Disney and other toy companies, is reported to have fundraising ties to the Heritage Foundation, an organization that argues for the elimination of NEA. McGinley also designed the Alumni Veterans' Memorial at Pepperdine University and has won awards for art direction for the films Return of the Jedi and E.T.

Other Bush nominees for the National Council, who must be approved by the Senate, include Don V. Cogman, a former ad man who now runs CC Investments; Cincinnati art patron Katharine Cramer DeWitt; Texas art patron Teresa Lozano Long; and Dallas art collector Deedie Potter Rose, a past board president of the Dallas Museum of Art.

ISRAELI SPIES POSED AS ARTISTS?
U.S. authorities have deported several Israelis who were pretending to be art students but in fact were spying on possible Al Qaeda terrorists, according to a story that first appeared on the French website Intelligence Online and which has since been picked up by AP and other wire services. A recently issued U.S. counterintelligence warning alerts federal employees to watch out for people posing as art students to try to get into federal buildings, calling the individuals "aggressive" and saying they "attempt to engage employees in conversation." An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman told AP that claims of spying by Israeli students were "nonsense."

KLIMT IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., is the only North American venue for the first exhibition devoted to landscapes by Gustav Klimt, June 16-Sept. 2, 2002. About 15 of the painter's 55 landscapes are featured in the show, which is co-organized with the Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna. The Clark is also mounting shows of furniture and silver by Josef Hoffmann and watercolors and models by architect Otto Wagner, all part of "The Vienna Project," a collaboration between 11 Bershire cultural organizations slated for the summer and fall of 2002.

NATIONAL ACADEMY 2002 INVITATIONAL
Not enough painting in the 2002 Whitney Biennial Exhibition? Then look forward to the National Academy of Design's "177th Annual Exhibition," May 1-June 9, 2002. Under Academy director Annette Blaugrund and new president Gregory Amenoff (an accomplished painter who recently showed work at Salander-O'Reilly), the ordinarily stodgy show has been re-energized by changing from a juried competition to an invitational, with the choices being made by curatorial committees elected by Academy members in each of four categories (architecture, graphics, painting and sculpture). The result is designed to be a "powerful and provocative survey" featuring over 135 works by 95 artists from across the U.S.

Painting: Emma Amos, Douglas Anderson, David Bates, Tom Burckhardt, Susan Crile, Stuart Diamond, Catherine Drabkin, Sally Hazelet Drummond, Fritz Drury, David Deutsch, Emily Eveleth, Louise Fishman, Jacqueline Gourevitch, Timothy Gowan, Mark Greenwold, Mimi Gross, Dan Gustin, Mary Hambleton, Louise Hamlin, Jane Hammond, David Humphrey, Suzanne Joelson, Gary Komarin, Mel Leipzig, Stanley Lewis, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Sam Messer, John Moore, Thomas Nozkowski, Jim Nutt, Charles Parness, Pat Passlof, Archie Rand, Colleen Randall, Faith Ringgold, Dorothea Rockburne, Alexis Rockman, Susan Rothenberg, Katy Schneider, Sean Scully, Steven Sheehan, Lorraine Shemesh, James Siena, Gary Stephan, Masami Teraoka, Grier Torrence, David True, John Walker, Kay Walkingstick, Stephen Westfall, Stanley Whitney, Ellen Wiener, Helen Miranda Wilson, Trevor Winkfield, Terry Winters, Lisa Yuskavage. Sculpture: John De Andrea, Bruce Edelstein, Garth Evans, Lawrence Fane, Tom Friedman, Howard Kalish, Leonid Lerman, Donald Lipski, Diana K. Moore, Judy Pfaff, Kiki Smith, Susan Smyly, Kenneth Snelson, Stephen de Staebler, Sarah Sze, Lee Tribe, Tom Wesselmann, Timothy Woodman. Architecture: Charles Gwathmey, Henry Smith Miller and Laurie Hawkinson, Todd Williams & Billie Tsien, Neil Denari, Nicholas Koutsomitis, Edward Mills, Bartholomew Voorsanger. Graphics: Bruce Conner, Tim High, Colin Hunt, Michael Kareken, Wayne Kimball, Lynwood Kreneck, Charles Massey, Jr., Emily Nelligan, Katja Oxman, Kim Sloane, Steven Sorman, Herman Zaage, Richard Claude Ziemann.

STELLA GIFT TO SF MOMA
Frank Stella has donated a 17 by 14 foot painting to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in honor of longtime museum patrons Harry W. ("Hunk") and Mary Margaret ("Moo") Anderson. The 2001 work, The Duel (Der Zweikampf)F (N#8), is flat, though covered by roiling trompe-l'oeil forms, and joins 17 other Stella works in the SF MOMA collection. It goes on view at the museum on Mar. 30, 2002.

14,000 PHOTOS TO ISRAEL MUSEUM
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has acquired the collection of pioneering 20th-century photojournalist Tim Gidal (1900-96), including over 14,000 prints as well as transparencies, contact sheets and other archival material. Gidal, who was born in Munich and settled in Mandate Palestine in 1936, had a long association with the museum, which mounted several exhibitions of his work, including "Tim N. Gidal in the Thirties" (1975) and "My Way: Tim Gidal" (1995). The collection was acquired from the photographer's widow, Pia, in part through the generosity of Gary Sokol of San Francisco.

NEW MEMBERS FOR AMERICAN ACADEMY
Artists Richard Artschwager, Leon Golub and Catherine Murphy have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the honorary organization of 250 arts leaders established in 1898. Other new members include writers Robert Hass, Romulus Linney, George Plimpton and Edward Said, and the composers Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner. The official induction ceremony is slated for May.

ARTCOUNCIL AWARDS FOR 2002
The ArtCouncil, a grantmaking charity based in San Francisco, has made 10 awards of $10,000 each to visual artists living and working in Chicago. The grantees are John Arndt, Joe Baldwin, Nicholas Brown, Tom Denlinger, Carol Jackson, Surendra Lawoti, Darrel Morris, John Neff, Mary Patten and Karen Reimer. Smaller awards of $1,500 went to Marie Krane Bergman, Caroline Gundersdorf, Stephen Lapthisophon, Accra Shepp and Ben Stone. The selection committee, which reviewed the work of some 350 artists, included artists Dawoud Bey and Julia Fish, Museum of Contemporary Art curators James Rondeau and Elizabeth Smith, and Renaissance Society education chief Hamza Walker. The ArtCouncil was established in 1998 by Christopher E. Vroom, and also supports artists and arts projects in San Francisco.



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