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4/4/02


GEARING UP FOR MOMA QNS
Have you begun your exploration of Queens Boulevard yet? It's almost time -- the Museum of Modern Art closes its beloved Manhattan home on May 21, 2002, and opens its branch in Long Island City, otherwise known as MoMA QNS, on June 29, 2002. Showpiece of the new facility, a blue-painted former Swingline stapler factory overhauled by Michael Maltzan Architecture and Cooper, Robertson & Partners, is the first complete installation of the museum's automotive collection, "Autobodies: Speed, Sport, Transport." Also slated for the big blue box are masterworks from the MoMA collection, "Tempo" (a show of works about time) and photos by Rudy Burckhardt from the 1940s called "A Walk through Astoria and Other Places in Queens."

In the meantime, go say goodbye to MoMA as we know it and view the lightning-rod "Gerhard Richter" retrospective, the moving "Life of the City" post-9/11 show of photographs, the comprehensive "The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910-1934" and projects by Olafur Eliasson, Ricci Albenda and Laylah Ali.

SPRING ART FAIRS
Spring is on the horizon, and the international art set is making travel plans.

First up is the 10th Art Chicago on Navy Pier, May 10-13, 2002, featuring 200 dealers with works by 2,500 artists. Hotel reservations can be booked directly on the fair website.

Europe in June has two major stops. Documenta 11 opens in the German town of Kassel, June 8-Sept. 15, 2002, with works by more than 100 artists presented in several sites. For accommodations, visit www.kassel.de or email ksg@kassel.de.

Next up is the 33rd Art Basel art fair, June 12-17, 2002, with 260 galleries from 20 countries gathering in the Rhine town of Basel, Switzerland. Information on travel and hotel reservations can be had on the fair website.

Contemporaneous with the Basel fair is the seventh edition of Liste 02, the Young Art Fair, June 11-16, 2002, held at the Warteck Brewery in Basel and featuring artists under 40 years of age and galleries no more than five years old. For more info, contact Cadeaux Communication at cadeaux@active.ch.

For fine art and antiques, Sanford Smith hosts the fifth annual Chicago International Antiques & Fine Art Fair, incorporating both Prints/Chicago and the Antiquarian Book Fair, Apr. 26-29, 2002. For travel info visit the website, of the Merchandise Mart where the fair is to be held.

Then, it's Brian and Anna Haughton's International Fine Art Fair at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York, May 10-15, 2002, with over 60 exhibitors on tap.

The Wendy organization has the Boys & Girls Club of Boston Decorative Arts & Antiques Show, Apr. 12-14, 2002, and the New York Armory Antiques Show, Apr. 24-28, 2002. For more info, check out the website.

SCOTLAND'S NATIONAL ART FAIR
Some 15,000 visitors are expected at the seventh installment of the Glasgow Art Fair, Apr. 11-14, 2002. Approximately 40 British galleries take part in what is called "Scotland's National Art Fair," including Transmission Gallery from Glasgow, Stenton Gallery from East Lothian, Riverside Gallery from Aberdeen, the Leith Gallery from Edinburgh and Byard Art from Cambridge. New this year is "RAW," or Real Art Weekend, joint visual arts programming from four local institutions -- the Gallery of Modern Art, the Glasgow School of Art, the Lighthouse and Tramway.

FORM FOLLOWS FICTION
The latest global collection of hip art (in implicit competition with the low-key localism of the 2002 Whitney Biennial) is Form Follows Fiction, the new color catalogue by SoHo superdealer Jeffrey Deitch for the exhibition of the same name that recently closed at the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art in Turin, Oct. 17, 2001-Jan. 27, 2002. The 252-page book mixes images from the media circus of O.J., JonBenet and Monicagate with artworks by more than 20 artists, from Amy Adler, Doug Aitken and Vanessa Beecroft to Chris Ofili, Pipilotti Rist and Kara Walker. The book and show of work by ambitious 30-somethings comes 10 years after Deitch's previous decade-defining editorial effort, Post Human (1992). Published by Charta, the book can be ordered from D.A.P. for $39.95.

LISSITZKY HEIR SUES BEYELER FOUNDATION FOR KANDINSKY
Jen Lissitzky has filed suit in Basel against the Beyeler Foundation there, seeking to recover a painting by Wassily Kandinsky that was looted by the Nazis in 1937. The painting, Improvisation No. 10 (1910), was owned by Lissitzky's mother, Sophie Küppers-Lissitzky, and taken by the Nazis from the Provincial Museum in Hannover as part of its "Degenerate Art" campaign. Swiss dealer and collector Ernst Beyeler purchased the work in 1951 in Cologne from Ferdinand Möller, one of Hitler's art dealers, in a surreptitious transaction that Beyeler himself has admitted; the painting still has the Nazi inventory number on its reverse side. The court action follows the breakdown of mediation proceedings in November. The lawsuit, which is handled by New York art lawyers Lawrence M. Kaye and Howard N. Spiegler, is the first court test in Switzerland of the 1998 Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, which urged the return of stolen cultural property from the World War II era.

$500,000 CAMPAIGN FOR JACKIE IN D.C.
In an effort to lure tourists to the District of Columbia, local officials have launched a $500,000 campaign revolving around "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years," which goes on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Apr. 6, 2002. The marketing promotion has involved nearly 60 D.C. organizations and targets markets in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Atlanta, among others. The show opened at the Metropolitan Museum last summer and subsequently appeared at the Kennedy Library in Boston.

OI! AT TRACK 16
Legendary Los Angeles art collector Tom Patchett has come up with an unusual way to clear inventory at his Track 16 Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. From Apr. 19-29, 2002, he's offering 100 works at 50 percent of their original price. Titled "OI! (the Original Invoice Show)," the sale features mostly works from the early 1990s, with the original invoices exhibited alongside the artworks. The discounts, the gallery says, are designed to "sell the work in a timely manner," but are in no way meant to discredit the artists, who range from John Altoon and Ida Applebroog to William Wegman and Joe Zucker.

CALLING ALL ROTHKOS
The National Gallery of Art has put out a call for works on paper by Mark Rothko to include in the new catalogue raisonné of 2,000 drawings, watercolors and paintings on paper, Mark Rothko: The Works on Paper. The catalogue is being written by NGA curator Ruth E. Fine and is due to be published in 2007. Those with info on Rothko works on paper should contact Laili Nasr at l-nasr@nga.gov.

GUNTER BRUS IN PALM BEACH
The first U.S. solo show of famed Austrian Actionist Gunter Brus opened Mar. 21-June 16, 2002, at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. Organized by curator Michael Rush, the show features performance photos from the late 1960s and early '70s and Neo-Expressionist drawings and paintings from the '80s to the present.

AUCTION HOUSES SHED UNITS
Christie's and Phillips have both shed smaller, regional units of their businesses, according to reports in the Antiques Trade Gazette. Phillips-Selkirk, the 160-year-old auctioneer based in St. Louis, Mo., has been sold by Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg to the Phillips-Selkirk managing director, Malcolm F. Ivey. The firm, which was originally acquired by Phillips in 1998, is now known as Ivey-Selkirk. At the same time, Spink, the London Asian-art auctioneer founded in 1666 and acquired by Christie's in 1993 only to be all-but-shut down a year ago, has been bought by its management. The buy-out was led by Spink managing director Tim Hirsch with backing from the Singapore-based investment firm Abaca Capital. Hirsch said the firm would build up its business in the Far East.



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