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5/30/02


TODOLI TO TATE MODERN
After a year-long search, Tate director Nicholas Serota has tapped Spanish curator Vicente Todoli to head the Tate Modern. Todoli, 43, is founding director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal, which opened in 1996, and previously was a curator at the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Spain. Todoli succeeds Lars Nittve, who left the Tate to head the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

TURNER PRIZE '02 SHORT LIST
London's Tate Gallery has also announced nominees for the £20,000 Turner Prize for 2002, won last year by Martin Creed, the comic conceptualist who was celebrated for showing an empty gallery with the lights going on and off. The short list includes Fiona Banner, 36, known for text paintings that transcribe Hollywood movies and sculptures in the shapes of huge punctuation marks; Liam Gillick, 32, who makes animations, furniture sculpture and installations of plastic, aluminum and wood; Keith Tyson, 33, known for machine sculptures and scientific paintings; and Catherine Yass, 39, who makes films and photographs. An exhibition of work by the artists opens at Tate Britain on Oct. 30; the prize is awarded on Dec. 8, 2002.

OLD MASTERS IN SOHO
Manhattan's SoHo art district now has its first Old Master dealer -- Grassi Studio at 599 Broadway, opened by the celebrated art restorer Marco Grassi and his son and partner Matteo Grassi. The gallery debuts with "The Collection of Robert M. Edsel," June 7-July 5, 2002, some 25 European paintings spanning the 14th to the 19th centuries, assembled over the past five years by the Texas oil and gas man, now head of Agon Investment Company. The show includes The Crucifixion, a painting acquired at auction in 2000 and reattributed, after cleaning, to Jacopo Bassano. The Grassi Studio is open to the public from 10 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; for more info, contact mail@grassistudio.com.

SITE SANTA FE BIENNIAL SKIPS A YEAR
Site Santa Fe, the cutting-edge New Mexico exhibition space, is putting its celebrated biennial on a three-year schedule. The fourth installment of the show, "Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism," curated by Dave Hickey, was on view July 14, 2001-Jan. 6, 2002. The next biennial won't come up till 2004. "We're working hard to get the building renovated next spring," said director Lewis Grachos, noting the lack of air conditioning and a leaky roof. "We hope to go back on track after that." News of the curator for the 2004 biennial should be announced in July.

POLKE IN DALLAS
The Dallas Museum of Art presents the first exhibition focusing on recent work by German artist Sigmar Polke, Nov. 16, 2002-Mar. 1, 2003. "Sigmar Polke: New Work" features nearly 50 paintings and drawings made during the last four years, and includes a dozen monumental works that are being shown for the first time. The exhibition, curated by Charles Wylie, is slated to travel; tour venues and dates to be announced.

SHONIBARE IN JERUSALEM
The first mid-career retrospective of the Nigerian-British artist Yinka Shonibare premieres at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 30-Oct. 29, 2002. "Double Dress: Yinka Shonibare, A Nigerian/British Artist" features over 20 large-scale installations, painting and photographs. The show is organized by Israel Museum chief curator Suzanne Landau.

ART INSTITUTE GETS CASH, ART
The Art Institute of Chicago has announced several gifts of art and cash to its department of prints and drawings, including $12 million from the Regenstein Foundation earmarked for an acquisitions endowment. The museum received a promised gift of 90 Italian Renaissance and Baroque drawings, including works by Titian and Raphael, from Jean and Steven Goldman. Jean Goldman is an art scholar on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute. Edward McCormick Blair Sr. gave the museum a gift of 41 drawings, watercolors and monotypes by Paul Gauguin, and Chicago collectors Susan and Lewis Manilow gave the museum 30 works on paper by contemporary German artists, including Joseph Beuys, Martin Kippenberger and Rosemarie Trockel.

MORE ART FROM TARGET IN NEW YORK PARK
Target Stores and the Public Art Fund unveil their third summer "Target Art in the Park" installation in Madison Square Park at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, on view July 12-Oct. 31, 2002. The three works are a two-room, walk-in pavilion by Dan Graham called Bisected Triangle, Interior Curve; an Urban Wildlife Observation Unit by Mark Dion that is designed to allow visitors to take a close look at the animals, bugs and trees in the park; and Voyager, three two-person exhibition tents of cast aluminum by the Scottish art team of Dalziel + Scullion, showing in New York for the first time. The Minneapolis-based Target Stores funded the three-year art-in-the-park program with a $1 million grant; Target still has no store in Manhattan.

SISTER WENDY COMES TO NORTON SIMON MUSEUM
The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena premieres the new film, Sister Wendy at the Norton Simon Museum, on June 7, 2002. The 60-minute film, written and narrated by the famous art-loving nun, focuses on 20 works in the museum collection, from portraits by Rembrandt and van Gogh to a Zurburán still life. DVD ($21.99) and VHS ($19.99) versions of the film can be had in the museum store; call (626) 449-6840 x 407 to order.

KIDNAPPING AT NEW GALLERY IN BROOKLYN
Another new gallery is opening in the fertile fields of Brooklyn. The Dealership presents its inaugural exhibition, a show of videotapes by Columbia MFA Brock Enright June 15-July 8, 2002. Enright describes the works in the show as videotapes from what is "essentially a kidnapping service," in which people arrange for the artist to monitor their daily routine and kidnap them, subsequently submitting them to some kind of ordeal, most of "a sexual nature." A kidnapping is slated to take place at the gallery opening on June 15. The Dealership is located at 55 Nassau Street, Suite 1A, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11222. For info, contact gallery director Liz Alderman at (917) 602-7705.



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