ART BASEL GEARS UP
Collectors, dealers and all-around art lovers have booked their flights and made their hotel reservations for the 32nd Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, June 13-18, 2001. Self-described as "the crème de la crème of the international gallery scene," this year's installment presents 260 galleries -- about 10 more than last year. Senior "debutantes" are Acquavella and Sonnabend from New York and Henze & Ketterer from Bern. Younger newcomers are Sean Kelly (New York), Patrick Painter (Los Angeles), Koyanagi and Koyama (Tokyo), Shanghart (Shanghai), OMR (Mexico City), Oliveira (Oporto), Neu (Berlin), Wallner (Copenhagen), Kargl (Vienna) and Kilchmann (Zurich). New photo galleries are Schickler (New York) and Faber (Vienna), while new print dealers are Crown Point Press (San Francisco), Art of This Century and Item (Paris).
The "Art Unlimited" exhibition, now in its second go-around, presents 60 outsized projects that "go beyond the limits of art fair exhibition stands." Visitors can take in a two-story compost toilet by Atelier van Lieshout, visit the Manker Melody Makers Lounge by Anton Henning, contemplate an inflatable sculpture by Gerwald Rockenschaub and a light installation by James Turrell, have a 3-D "bodyscan" by Karin Sander, feel slim in contrast to Erwin Wurm's "Fat Car" and feel dread (according to critic Hilton Kramer) in the face of an eight-ton prop sculpture by Richard Serra.
Art Basel's special "Art Statements" section boasts 17 solo shows by emerging artists that "open a window to the future of art" -- one of whom will receive the CHF 50,000 Bâloise Art Prize. Among the "socioeconomic" works included in this section is an installation by Meschac Gaba from Benin, who plans to exchange signed African banknotes for European money, and a recreation of his studio environment by Austrian artist Hans Schabus. Other artists featured in "Art Statements" are Amy Adler, Otto Berchem, Michael Blazy, Andrea Bowers, Slater Bradley, Nic Hess, Annika Larsson, Gabriël Lester, Helen Mirra, Shinako Sato, Lara Schnitger, Andreas Siekmann, Ross Sinclair, Annika Ström and Jun Yang.
Art Basel Miami Beach, the new sister event of Art Basel, is now scheduled for Dec. 13-16, 2001.
MUSEUM MILE FEST
Not going to Basel? Then head to Manhattan's Upper East Side for the 23rd annual Museum Mile Festival, slated for Tuesday, June 12, 2001, 6-9 p.m. Over one million people are expected to walk the mile from the Metropolitan Museum at 82nd Street to El Museo del Barrio at 104th Street. Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic, and all museums on the route are open free.
ART IN THE ANCHORAGE 2001
One way to beat the summer heat is to hunt out dark, cool, cavelike spaces -- like the Brooklyn anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge, where Creative Time is unveiling "Art in the Anchorage 2001," May 31-July 29. The exhibition in the brick vaults is called "Massless Medium: Explorations in Sensory Immersion," and includes works by Andreas Angelidakis with nanogod, Antenna Design, Marco Brambilla, Francisco Lopez, Liz Phillips and Anney Bonney, Erwin Redl and Leo Villareal. Music programs are slated for every Thursday evening, June 7-28; the show is open Thursday through Sunday, 1-6 p.m. For a schedule see www.creativetime.org.
GETTY NABS WESTON PHOTOS
The J. Paul Getty Museum has announced the acquisition of 256 photographs by Brett Weston (1911-1993), a gift to the museum from Christian Keesee, an art collector and chairman of American Bancorp of Oklahoma. Keesee, who founded the Brett Weston Archive in 1997 with the acquisition of the Brett Weston Estate, said "This gift represents our ongoing commitment to see Brett Weston's photographs find a broader representation in the finest collections in the United States." The prints date from the 1930s to the '70s. In a dramatic gesture designed to underline his belief that a negative should be printed only by the person who created it, Weston burned all but a few of his own negatives on his 80th birthday.
DO LUNCH AT BONNI BENRUBI
"Let's Have Lunch" is the title of the forthcoming survey of dining photographs at Bonni Benrubi Gallery at 52 East 76th Street in New York, opening May 31-July 13, 2001. The show features photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Louis Stettner, Berenice Abbott, Brassai and others.
CHERRY TO MOCA TUCSON
Tucson's coolest young art dealer, Elizabeth Cherry, is switching teams -- after five years of running her namesake gallery, she'll head up the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, beginning this August. MOCA Tucson, located downtown at 191 East Toole, is a three-year-old kunsthalle-type museum with two exhibition galleries -- Hazmat and Arcadia (don't ask) -- and no permanent collection. Cherry, who is married to Swiss painter Olivier Mosset, exhibits work by the international avant-garde; currently on view at the museum is the "Blow Up" show of inflatable art that originated at the Swiss Institute in New York.
NO SFMOMA OFFER TO BERGGRUEN San Francisco Museum of Modern Art director David Ross has "vehemently denied" that his museum made an offer to super-collector Heinz Berggruen of $400 million for his Picasso-heavy art collection, according to San Francisco Chronicle art critic David Bonetti. The famed collector, who sold five of seven works at Phillips Auctioneers in New York two weeks ago for a total of $72 million, "threw out such a high figure in hope of getting more" at the auction, Ross said. Art & Auction magazine originally reported Berggruen's claim of the grandiose museum bid.
DIGITAL SMASH AT NEW MUSEUM
An unknown vandal smashed the Broadway display window of the New Museum in SoHo on Memorial Day, May 28, 2001, making off with a $15,000 plasma digital television screen. The TV, which is insured, was on loan as part of a promotion for the museum bookstore. "With luck we can get the window repaired by Friday" when the museum's William Kentridge exhibition opens, said a spokesperson.
The first monograph on art-world portraitist Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has been published and printed in Italy by Alberico Cetti Serbelloni Editione. The self-titled, 240-page tome includes over 350 portraits, an introduction by Francesco Clemente and essays by a range of writers, including Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Peter Halley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Robert Pincus-Witten, Lou Reed, Jerry Saltz and Doug and Mike Starn. The book is published in both English and Italian. For more info, contact Gabrius Publishing at (646) 732-4616.
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