WHO'S WHO AT DOCUMENTA
In the midst of a series of press conferences in different art capitals -- New York's is next week -- for Documenta 11, which opens in Kassel, Germany, June 8-Sept. 15, 2002, artistic director Okwui Enwezor has released the list of artists included in the massive, every-five-years art exposition. It's rather globally diverse. The participants are: Georges Adéagbo (b. 1942, Cotonou, Benin), Ravi Agarwal (b. 1958 , New Delhi), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (b. 1959, Hämeenlinna, Finland, lives in Helsinki), Chantal Akerman (b. 1950, Brussels, lives in Paris), Gaston André Ancelovici (Colectivo Cine-Ojo) (b. 1945, Santiago de Chile), Fareed Armaly (b. 1957, Iowa, lives in Stuttgart), Michael Ashkin (b. 1955, Morristown, N.J., lives in Brooklyn), Asymptote Architecture -- Hani Rashid (b. 1958, Cairo) and Lise Anne Couture (b. 1959, Montreal), Kutlug Ataman (b. 1961, Istanbul, lives in London), The Atlas Group -- founded 1999 in New York by Walid Ra'ad (b. 1967, Chbanieh, Lebanon), D.I.R.T. Studio -- Julie Bargmann (b. 1958, lives in Charlottesville, Virginia,) and Stacy Levy (b. 1960, Philadelphia, lives in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania), Artur Barrio (b. 1945, Porto, Portugal, lives in Rio de Janeiro), Bernd und Hilla Becher (b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, and 1934, Potsdam, Germany, live in Düsseldorf) Zarina Bhimji (b. 1966, Mbarara, Uganda, lives in London), Black Audio Film Collective (founded 1983 in London by John Akomfrah, Reece Auguiste, Edward George, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, David Lawson and Trevor Mathison, dissolved in 1998), John Bock (b. 1965, Gribbohm, Germany, lives in Berlin), Ecke Bonk (b. 1953, Berlin, Germany, lives in Karlsruhe and Fontainebleau), Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (b. 1923, Zéprégühé, Bété Land, Côte d'Ivoire, lives in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire), Louise Bourgeois (b. 1911, Paris, lives in New York), Pavel Brãila (b. 1971, Chisinau, Moldova, lives in Maastricht and Chisinau, Moldova), Stanley Brown, Tania Bruguera (b. 1968 in Havana, lives in Havana and Chicago), Luis Camnitzer (b. 1937, Lübeck, Germany, lives in New York), James Coleman (b. 1941, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon, Ireland, lives in Dublin), Constant (Constant A. Nieuwenhuys) (b. 1920, Amsterdam), Hanne Darboven (b. 1941 in Munich, lives in Hamburg), Destiny Deacon (b. 1957, Australia of KuKu & Erub/Mer peoples, lives in Melbourne), Stan Douglas (b. 1960, Vancouver), Cecilia Edefalk (b. 1954 in Norrköping, Sweden, lives in Stockholm), William Eggleston (b. 1939, in Memphis), Maria Eichhorn (b. 1962, Bamberg, Germany, lives in Berlin), Touhami Ennadre (b. 1953, Casablanca, lives in Paris), Cerith Wyn Evans (b. 1958, Llanelli, Wales, lives in London), Feng Mengbo (b. 1966, Beijing), Chohreh Feyzdjou (b. 1955, Teheran, d. 1996, Paris), Yona Friedman (b. 1923, Budapest, lives in Paris), Meschac Gaba (b. 1961, Cotonou, Benin, lives in Amsterdam), Giuseppe Gabellone (b. 1973, Brindisi, Italy, lives in Milan), Carlos Garaicoa (b. 1967, Havana), Kendell Geers (b. 1968, Johannesburg, lives in London and Brussels), Isa Genzken (b. 1948, Bad Oldesloe, Germany, lives in Berlin), Jef Geys (b. 1935, Léopoldsburg, Belgium, lives in Balen, Belgium), David Goldblatt (b. 1930, Randfontein, South Africa, lives in Johannesburg), Leon Golub (b. 1922, Chicago, lives in New York), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (b.1965, Strasbourg, lives in Paris), Renée Green (b. 1959, Cleveland, lives in New York and Vienna), Victor Grippo (b. 1936, Junín, Argentina, d. 2001, Buenos Aires), Le Groupe Amos (founded 1989, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, based in Limite, Democratic Republic of the Congo), Jens Haaning (b. 1965, Hørsholm, Denmark, lives in Copenhagen), Mona Hatoum (b. 1952, Beirut, Lebanon, lives in London), Thomas Hirschhorn (b. 1957, Bern, Switzerland, lives in Paris), Candida Höfer (b. 1944, Eberswalde, Germany, lives in Cologne), Craigie Horsfield (b. 1949, Cambridge, lives in London), Huit Facettes: Dynamique Artistique & Culturelle -- founded 1996, Dakar, Senegal (current members: Abdoulaye N'Doye, El Hadji Sy, Fode Camara, Cheikh Niass, Jean Marie Bruce, Mor Lisa Ba and Amadou Kane Sy (Kan-Si)), Pierre Huyghe (b. 1962, Paris), Igloolik Isuma Productions -- founded 1990, Igloolik, Canada (by Zacharias Kanuk, Paul Apak, Pauloisse Qualitalik and Norman Cohn), Sanja Ivekoviæ (b. 1949, Zagreb, Croatia), Alfredo Jaar (b. 1956, Santiago de Chile, Chile, lives in New York), Joan Jonas (b. 1936, New York), Isaac Julien (b. 1960, London), Amar Kanwar (b. 1964, New Delhi), On Kawara (b., Japan, lives in New York. On Kawara is 25,373 days old as of June 8, 2002), William Kentridge (b. 1955, Johannesburg), Johan van der Keuken (b. 1938, Amsterdam, d. 2001 in Amsterdam), Bodys Isek Kingelez (b. 1948, Kimbembele Ihunga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo), Ben Kinmont (b. 1963, Burlington, Vermont, lives in New York), Svetlana and Igor Kopystiansky (b., Voronez, Russia and Lvov, Ukraine, live in Berlin and New York), Ivan Koariæ (b. 1921, Petrinja, Croatia, lives in Zagreb, Croatia), Andreja Kulunèiæ (b. 1968, Subotica, Yugoslavia, lives in Zagreb, Croatia), Glenn Ligon (b. 1960, the Bronx, lives in New York), Ken Lum (b. 1956, Vancouver), Mark Manders (b. 1968, Volkel, the Netherlands, lives in Arnhem, the Netherlands), Fabian Marcaccio (b. 1963, Rosario, Argentina, lives in New York), Steve McQueen (b. 1969, London, lives in Amsterdam), Cildo Meireles (b. 1948, Rio de Janeiro), Jonas Mekas (b. 1922, Semenikiai, Lithuania, lives in New York), Annette Messager (b. 1943, Berck, France, lives in Malakoff, France), Ryuji Miyamoto (b. 1947, Tokyo), Santu Mofokeng (b. 1956, Johannesburg, South Africa), Multiplicity -- founded 2000, Milan, Italy (by Stefano Boeri, Maddalena Bregani, Francisca Insulza, Francesco Jodice, Giovanni La Varra and John Palmesino), Juan Muñoz (b. 1953 in Madrid, d. 2001 on Ibiza, Spain), Shirin Neshat (b. 1957, Qazvin, Iran, lives in New York), Gabriel Orozco (b. 1962, Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, lives in New York), Olumuyiwa Olamide Osifuye (b. 1960, Lagos, Nigeria), Ulrike Ottinger (b. 1942, Konstanz, Germany, lives in Berlin), Ouattara Watts (b. 1957, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, lives in New York), Park Fiction -- founded 1994, Hamburg, Germany (by Christoph Schäfer, Margit Czenki, Günther Greis, Dirk Mescher, Thomas Ortmann, Klaus Petersen, Sabine Stoevesand and Axel Wiest), Manfred Pernice (b. 1963, Hildesheim, Germany, lives in Berlin), Raymond Pettibon (b. 1957, Tucson, lives in Hermosa Beach, California), Adrian Piper (b. 1948, New York, lives in New York and Cape Cod), Lisl Ponger (b. 1947, Nuremberg, lives in Vienna), Pere Portabella (b. 1927, Figueras, Spain, lives in Barcelona), Raqs Media Collective -- founded 1991, New Delhi, by Monica Narula (b. 1969), Jeebesh Bagchi (b. 1965) and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (b. 1968), Alejandra Riera (b. 1965, Buenos Aires, Argentina, lives in Paris) and Doina Petrescu (b. 1960, Rumania, lives in Paris and Sheffield, England), Dieter Roth (b. 1930, Hanover, Germany, d. 1998 in Basel), Doris Salcedo (b. 1958, Bogotá, Colombia), Seifollah Samadian (b. 1954, Orumieh, Iran, lives in Tehran), Gilles Saussier (b. 1965 Carrières sur Seine, France, lives in Paris and Les Andelys, France), Allan Sekula (b. 1951, Erie, Pennsylvania, lives in Los Angeles), Yinka Shonibare (b. 1962, London), Andreas Siekmann (b. 1961, Hamm, Germany, lives in Berlin), Simparch -- founded 1996, Las Cruces, New Mexico, by Steven Badgett and Matthew Lynch (live in Chicago and Macomb, Illinois), Lorna Simpson (b. 1960, Brooklyn, lives in New York), Eyal Sivan (b. 1964, Haifa, lives in Paris), David Small (b. 1965, Manchester, Connecticut, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts), Fiona Tan (b. 1966, Indonesia, lives in Amsterdam), Pascale Marthine Tayou (b. 1967, Yaoundé, Cameroon, lives in Yaoundé and Bruxelles), Jean-Marie Teno (b. 1954 in Famleng, Cameroon, lives in Chantillion, France), Trinh T. Minh-ha (b. 1960, Vietnam, lives in Berkeley), tsunamii.net -- founded 2001, Singapore, by Woon Tien Wei (b. 1975, Singapore) and Charles Lim Yi Young (b. 1973, Singapore), Joëlle Tuerlinckx (b. 1958, Brussels), Luc Tuymans (b. 1958, Mortsel, Belgium, lives in Antwerp), Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas (b. 1968, Kaunas, Lithuania, and b. 1966, Vilnius, Lithuania, live in Vilnius), Jeff Wall (b. 1946, Vancouver), Nari Ward (b. 1963, St. Andrews, Jamaica, lives in New York), Yang Fudong (b. 1971, Beijing, lives in Shanghai).
MET UNVEILS NEW ROOFTOP SCULPTURES
New York art lovers know it's summertime when the Metropolitan Museum of Art inaugurates its yearly sculpture installation on its 10,000-square-foot rooftop deck. Beginning May 1 -- weather permitting -- visitors may peruse four large-scale works by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen while at the same time refreshing themselves at the rooftop café and taking in treetop views of Central Park. On view are Plantoir (2001), a 24-foot-tall trowel made of stainless steel, aluminum and plastic; Corridor Pin, Blue (1999), a 21-foot-tall safety pin of stainless steel and painted aluminum; Architect's Handkerchief (1999), an oversized pocket hankie; and a pair of smaller Shuttlecock/Blueberry Pies (1999) of painted, cast aluminum.
BROOKS GETS SIX MONTHS HOUSE ARREST
"You have traded your title of CEO to be branded a thief," scolded Manhattan federal district court judge George B. Daniels as he sentenced former Sotheby's chief executive Diana "Dede" Brooks, 51, to six months house arrest for her role in the price-fixing scheme that has transfixed the auction business for the last two years. She was also ordered to pay a $350,000 fine and serve 1,000 hours of community service. At her sentencing, Brooks offered an apology to "all the people I have hurt." Under the sentence, Brooks would have to wear an electronic bracelet and could be confined to her East 79th Street apartment.
LAWSUIT OVER KIMBELL TORSO
The Geneva-based art dealer Phoenix Ancient Art, which also operates in New York City, has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, according to court papers reproduced on the website of Michel van Rijn. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, involves the agreement by the Kimbell to purchase a Roman basalt torso for $4 million, a price that was later reduced to $3.6 million.
The torso is described by Phoenix as a Roman copy of the Doryphorus by Polykleitos, with idealized anatomy including a "rippling abdomen with a wide muscled back and full and round buttocks. Giving a sense of naturalism to the body, the nipples and genitals are realistically rendered." The work is said to be 1.02 meters tall, and dated ca. 1st century A.D.
Van Rijn claims that the Roman torso was taken by the Kimbell instead of a Sumerian statue the museum bought and then returned, a "bait and switch" that not only got the museum a work that "cost even more" but that is "without provenance." Stay tuned.
RONDEAU SIGNED FOR ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH Art Institute of Chicago contemporary art curator James Rondeau has been named as the person in charge of art projects at Art Basel Miami Beach, Dec. 5-8, 2002. Rondeau is to oversee the fair's sculpture park, video lounge and series of project exhibitions.
CURATOR AT SITE SANTA FE SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico's hippest contemporary art space, has appointed Nora Kabat as curator of exhibitions and public programs, a new post. Kabat has been consulting photo curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and curator at the Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco. Her exhibition, "Everyman: A Search for the Male Form," opens at San Francisco Camerawork in May.
In celebration of Charta's ten-year anniversary, the book publisher is sponsoring a series of three book-signings by leading contemporary artists. Dennis Oppenheim kicks off the series on May 3 at Marlborough Chelsea, celebrating the publication of a new monograph; next up is Marina Abramovic on May 4 at the New Museum, presenting Spirit Cooking as well as a new edition of Illy espresso cups; and last but not least is Shirin Neshat, also at the New Museum with a new monograph, on May. 7. All events take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.