DEALERS GATHER FOR INTERNATIONAL FINE ART FAIR Brian and Anna Haughton's eighth International Fine Art Fair opens at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York, May 10-16, 2001. This year the fair hosts 64 of the world's leading galleries in Old Master, 19th century, Impressionist and modern art. New exhibitors include Amells Stockholm-London, which brings 19th- and 20th-century Scandinavian art, and Galerie Canesso from Paris, specializing in Italian Old Masters.
The fair's museum loan exhibition is "Heroines and Temptresses," a selection of six paintings of women by artists ranging from Greuze to Henri from the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla. In the booths, Peter Nahum at the Leicester Galleries brings a special exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist works. Old Masters can be found at De Jonckheere from Paris, Jack Kilgore from New York, Dr. Martin Moeller Kunsthandel from Germany, and Flavia Ormand and Agnew's, both from London.
The gala preview on May 10 benefits Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (which among its other services operates a women's shelter in the armory); tickets begin at $500. Contact (212) 744-5022 x. 1284. General admission to the fair, which includes a catalogue, is $15.
MORIMURA DOES KAHLO
Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura, widely celebrated for his self-portraits in the guise of Mona Lisa and various movie actresses, is now paying homage to the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. On view at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, July 20-Sept. 30, 2001, are 12 large self-portraits from "An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo." More info on the artist can be found at the Yasumasa Morimura Department Store.
TARGET'S ART ODYSSEY
Look out, art lovers, come Mother's Day weekend (May 11-13, 2001), New York museums are likely to be overrun with ... teenagers! Target stores and High 5 Tickets to the Arts are offering kids aged 13-18 a $5 pass that gets them into 35 museums during the three-day weekend. Plus, in honor of Mother's Day, the pass allows them to bring an adult with them on one of the days. They're calling it "2001: An Arts Odyssey." Tickets must be purchased at Ticketmaster or online at www.high5tix.org.
The museums are going a little out of their way to entice members of Generation Z. The American Craft Museum boasts the potter's-wheel comedy stylings of Brit Johnny Vegas, who can make a teapot in one minute, at 4 p.m. on Saturday (dress casual!); the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture promises Islamic belly dancing, astrology star charts and Turkish treats in conjunction with its show, "Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Kahlili Collection"; and the Morgan Library offers "open-mike night" on May 11, inviting the kids to read poetry to their moms.
Other participating museums include the Americas Society, Asia Society, the Bronx Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Cooper-Hewitt, Dia Center, the Guggenheim, the ICP, Japan Society, the Jewish Museum, the Met, El Musée del Barrio, the Museum for African Art, the Museum of American Folk Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, MoMA, the Museum of Television and Radio, the National Academy of Design Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the New Museum, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Transit Museum, the Newark Museum, the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, P.S. 1, the Queens Museum, Scandinavia House, South Street Seaport Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney.
Don't tell anyone about the Hans Bellmer show at the International Center for Photography Midtown. The kinky anti-fascist's World War II-era picture of a swastika made of naked women has already prompted the museum to mount a warning sign at its entrance.
MARISOL AT THE NEUBERGER Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, N.Y., is presenting "Marisol," the first comprehensive overview of the work of the sultry Pop sculptor, June 17-Sept. 2, 2001. The show features over 20 of the artist's trademark sculptures combining woodcarving, drawing, stenciling and casting, works that were first given widespread attention in the Museum of Modern Art's 1961 exhibition, "The Art of Assemblage." Among the subjects of her portraits have been movie stars like John Wayne, artists like Picasso and O'Keeffe, and world leaders like Bishop Desmond Tutu, Franco, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. The accompanying monograph includes an essay by Eleanor Heartney.
HERB ALPERT ART AWARD WINNERS
Five artists have won the $50,000 annual Cal Arts/Alpert Award in the arts, designed to give "creative breathing room" to "early mid-career" artists. Winners are Ellen Bruno (film/video), Zhou Long (music), John Kelly (dance), Erik Ehn (theater) and Cai Guo-Quing (visual arts). The awards were set up seven years ago by jazz trumpeter Herb Alpert, whose Herb Alpert Foundation gives $2 million a year to programs in arts and education.
MARDEN AT MFAH
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, puts its new acquisition -- Brice Marden's Blonde (1970) -- on view today, May 4, 2001. The three-panel encaustic work, which the museum said it purchased for $2 million, has never been publicly exhibited; it is the first Marden painting to enter the MFAH collection, which includes 32 of the artist's works on paper and a selection of etchings.