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With a new name and venue, the International Tribal Antique Show: Fine Arts of Native Cultures opens May 26-May 31 at the Seventh Regiment Armory in Manhattan. Previously known as the New York Tribal Antique Show, the show is the East Coast's largest display of art and artifacts by indigenous peoples, with 50 international dealers exhibiting pre-1940s textiles, furniture, ceramics, jewelry, glassware, sculpture, attire, paintings, devotional art and architectural artifacts from Africa, the Americas, Oceania, Asia and Australia. For the first time the arts of ancient China will be included. The fair coincides with Christie's and Sotheby's African, Pre-Columbian, American Indian and ethnographic antique sales.

Daily show admission, including a catalogue, is $15. A preview cocktail party benefitting the Green Chimneys inaugurates the fair on May 26th. Tickets are $50. Call (310) 455-2886 for info.

AMERICAN ART ON ARTNET.COM AUCTIONS is introducing a new collecting category, American Art, scheduled to launch May 22 under the oversight of Bryan Oliphant, our newly appointed American Art specialist. Among the lots in our inaugural American art auctions are:

John F. Francis (1808-1886), Still Life with Sweets and Wine, 1863, oil on board, 10 x 12 in. Est. $25,000-35,000. A pristine example of the artist's small tabletop still lifes.

Jennie Brownscombe (1850-1936), Returning Home, 1885, oil on canvas, ca. 24 x 20 in. Est. $30,000-40,000. A particularly fine example by this important artist of the American Victorian period.

Stephen Scott Young (born 1957), The Marble Champions, 1993, watercolor on paper, 15 x 19 in. Est. $15,000-20,000. Young's Bahamian watercolors in many ways surpass those of Winslow Homer, who visited those islands off the coast of Florida a century ago. To become a registered bidder in the auctions, just click here.

Performance-art Svengali Vanessa Beecroft, known for riveting theater works involving scantily clad young women as well as photographs and video stills of same, is turning her attention to the U.S. Navy. Her USNAVY, a performance presented in cooperation with the United States Navy Seals Commander Naval Special Warfare Command, goes on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, on Saturday, June 5, 1999, from 1630 to 1800 hours. The event is by invitation only; military personnel are encouraged to wear summer white uniforms.

Dealers at Art 1999 Chicago, May 7-May 11, sold a total of $60 million worth of art, compared to $35 million in 1998 and $25 million in 1997 according to a survey by fair producer Thomas Blackman. The 214 participating galleries sold art ranging from $200 to $1 million. The opening night benefit raised a total of $350,000 for the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.

Jack Cowart, deputy director and chief curator of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., has resigned to become founding executive director of the new Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, effective Sept. 1. The Manhattan-based foundation, which is presided over by Dorothy Lichtenstein, the artist's widow, will organize exhibitions of Lichtenstein's work and maintain an archive.

Paulo Herkenhoff has been named adjunct curator in the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, marking the first time the museum has invited a resident of another country to curate. Director of the São Paulo Bienal since 1997, Herkenhoff will begin a three-year tenure at MoMA in fall 1999. He served as a consultant to MoMA's "Latin American Artists of the 20th Century" in 1993, and was chief curator of the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (1985-1990).

Calling all artists and poets… The Brooklyn Brewery has announced its second "Art of Fine Beer Contest" for the best beer-related drawing, painting or poem on the blank side of a 3 1/2 inch Brooklyn Brewery bar coaster. Four winners -- two in the art category, two in the poetry category -- will receive $500 each. The deadline is Sept. 30, 1999. Winners and finalists will be honored in a ceremony at the brewery in October, 1999. Request blank coasters from and submit entries to the Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211, or contact hindy@brooklynbrewery for more information.

A European-style café is replacing 19th-century sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Charles Engelhard Court in the American Wing is giving up one quarter of its space to make room for a 2,485-square-foot restaurant, scheduled to open in the fall of 2002. The eatery replaces the more upscale restaurant in the southeast corner of the museum that was closed to make room for new Roman antiquities galleries. The sculptures are moving to the balcony galleries above the Engelhard Court, displacing the silver, ceramics and glass there to furniture galleries and period rooms. According to the New York Times, the museum is hoping to draw more people to the less-frequently visited American galleries, which are three and a half city blocks from the main entrance.

Henry Bond: The cult of the street is the hottest title in UK art books. The first press-run of the book is almost done and only 300 out of 4,000 copies are left. Recently published by Emily Tsingou Gallery in London, the book investigates photography via the intersection of fashion, advertising, glamour, surveillance and paparazzi in London in the late 1990s, and includes essays by photography historian Ian Jeffrey and Darian Leader, as well as an interview with Bond by Stephan Shmidt-Wulffen. Copies are available through's bookstore. The paperback book retails for $40.

Andrew Schoelkopf has been named president of Christie's internet auctions, which are scheduled to launch in Sept. 1999. Schoelkopf was previously head of Christie's American paintings and sculpture department.