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An unprecedented exhibition of 18 monumental sculptures by Alexander Calder is slated for the fields and hillsides of Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, N.Y., opening May 21-Nov. 15, 2001. "Grand Intuitions: Calder's Monumental Sculpture" also features six additional sculptures and 24 models inside the museum building. The show is organized by Alexander S.C. Rower, director of the Calder Foundation and a grandson of the artist, with Storm King director David R. Collens. With the exception of Calder's The Arch (1975) from the museum collection, all the works are on loan from the foundation -- with about half of them new to the public.

The selection ranges from Red and Yellow Vane (1934), Calder's first outdoor work, to the unseen-in-public works Bobine (Bobbin) (1976), Knobs (1976) and Gui (Mistletoe) (1976). Rower notes that his grandfather conceived of monumental outdoor works by 1937, but had to wait until after World War II, when International Style architects began seeking sculpture as counterpoints to their simplified skyscrapers. A major catalogue of the monumental sculpture is scheduled for publication in 2002.

The art collection of Hollywood superstar Steve Martin, a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is scheduled to appear at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas. A percentage of the admission fees is earmarked for one of Martin's favorite charities. The Las Vegas gallery, founded several years ago by casino kingpin Steve Wynn as part of his Bellagio casino, has since partnered for traveling exhibitions with several organizations, including the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Sotheby's New York is offering for sale a limewood figure of a female saint dated ca. 1515-20 by Medieval master Tilman Riemenschneider at its European art auction on May 22, 2001. The work, one of only three by the artist in the U.S. and the first to come to auction here, was included in the recent exhibition devoted to the artist at the Metropolitan Museum. The sale is to benefit the new Leo and Karen Gutmann Foundation, whose programs support graduate studies in art history, archeology and art conservation. The carving carries a presale estimate of $1.5 million-$2.5 million.

The Seattle Art Museum has reached half-way round the world to hire Lisa Graziose Corrin, chief curator of the Serpentine Gallery in London, as its new deputy director for art and curator of modern and contemporary art. Seattle has also appointed Barbara Brotherton as Native American art curator, effective July 2001....Hermine Chivian-Cobb has been named director of the 20th-century art department at Doyle New York.

The collection of lynching photos that made such a splash here in New York last fall is heading south. Atlanta's Emory University plans to show the 150 postcards and photographs assembled by Atlantans James Allen and John Littlefield. "We are the scene of the crime, where the majority of the lynchings happened," Allen told the Atlanta newspaper. "So it takes extra courage to look at it." Emory president William M. Chace sought extensive feedback before allowing the show to go on. its date and venue haven't been determined.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received a pledge of $10 million for the ongoing renovation of its landmark building from California art collector Nan Tucker McEvoy, 81, former chair of the San Francisco Chronicle from 1974 to 1995 (and whose grandfather founded the de Young Museum). McEvoy collects contemporary artists, and over the years has given the museum works by Bryan Hunt, Sam Gilliam, Larry Sultan and Grant Wood, according to a report in the Washington Post. The Smithsonian's $180-million overhaul of the Old Patent Office Building is expected to be completed in 2004.

No sooner does London's British Museum open its new Sainsbury African Galleries, featuring nearly 600 objects from across the continent, than claims of art loot arise. The Africa Reparations Movement says that the collection holds items taken by British soldiers more than 100 years ago form the ancient kingdom of Benin. "The Benin bronzes are part of our collection and we're not in a position to return them," a museum spokeswoman told Reuters.

The Fogg Art Museum's 65-work exhibition, "Geometric Abstraction in Latin American Art," is the subject of a symposium at Harvard University's Sackler Lecture Hall, Mar 9-10, 2001. Featured speakers include Brazilian critic and Museum of Modern Art adjunct curator Paulo Herkenhoff; English critic Guy Brett and Harvard prof Yve-Alain Bois. The symposium is free and begins at 8:30 a.m.; for more info call (617) 495-9400.

The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., presents a two-day conference on curatorial practice and criticism in the contemporary visual arts in Latin America, Mar. 23-24, 2001. Among the speakers are MoMA adjunct curator Paulo Herkenhoff, São Paulo Museu de Arte Moderna director Ivo Mesquita, Havana critic and New Museum adjunct curator Gerardo Mosquera, and Osvaldo Sánchez, director of the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City. The panels begin at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at 1 p.m.; for more info call (845)758-7598 or visit the website at

The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., hosts a conference on the changing nature of the museum in contemporary society, Apr. 6-7, 2001. Participants in the event, which is co-sponsored by Salmagundi magazine, include Arthur Danto, Susan Sontag, San Francisco MOMA director David Ross and Jean Clair, director of the Picasso Museum in Paris. The symposium begins at 7:30 p.m. For more info contact Skidmore director of college relations Robert Kimmerle at

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