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5/6/99
 
     
  BRITISH MUSEUM BUYS $3-MILLION GAY ANTIQUITY
The British Museum has bought the Warren Cup for £1.8 million ($3 million), the highest price ever paid for a single item by the institution. The purchase is doubly notable since the silver vessel, probably made in Pompeii in the 1st century, depicts in low relief two homoerotic scenes of anal intercourse. Though the subject is not uncommon in terra-cotta and other mediums, the Warren Cup is the only known representation of homosexual copulation in decorative Roman silver. The cup is originally named after the American collector Edward Perry Warren, who acquired it in the early 20th century. It has most recently been in the Stanford Place Collection in Oxford, England. Now, does Jerry Falwell have an English auxiliary?

DAVID SMITH AT STORM KING
This summer, Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, N.Y., covers its sprawling, grassy knolls with 32 works -- predominately in stainless steel -- by David Smith. Curated by Candida N. Smith, the artist's daughter, "The Fields of David Smith," May 17-Nov. 15, 1999, is meant to evoke the Bolton Landing sculpture farm in the Adirondacks, where the artist lived and worked. Accompanying the show is a lavishly illustrated 144-page book of the same title featuring memoirs by Irving Sandler and Mark di Suvero and a chronology compiled by Joan Pachner ($45 hardcover, $29.95 paperback).

ALDRICH AWARD ANNOUNCED
Janine Antoni has won the $25,000 Larry Aldrich Foundation Award for 1999. The prize also includes the opportunity for a solo show at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Conn., to be scheduled later.

TOUR WHITNEY WITH PALM PILOT
By the summer it should be possible to tour the Whitney Museum's landmark "The American Century" exhibition using a Mitsubishi Pad PC -- a kind of souped-up Palm Pilot, originally designed for taking inventory in factories and warehouses. According to the New York Times, museum visitors will carry a Pad PC through the show and, with the touch of a finger or stylus, have access to audio, text, video and film programmed to accompany specific art works. The program for Alfred Steiglitz's photo The Steerage, for example, would include footage of Ellis Island, audio clips of immigrants, a portrait of Steiglitz and a brief bio. The scheme is courtesy of Intel, which is sponsoring the show to the tune of $6 million. The device could even incorporate a wireless Web browser that would access the Intel site for the exhibition (at www.artmuseum.net) through a network inside the museum. It would then be possible to stand in front of an actual art work and view its digital image on a tiny computer screen.

SOTHEBY'S TARGETS THE FASHION SET
Sotheby's sale of "Pulp Fashion" in New York on May 3 -- photographs, illustrations, "throw-away" paper suits and dresses and other fashion items made of paper -- totaled $347,961. "We were thrilled," said Sotheby's fashion department head Tiffany Dubin. Top lot was Bert Stern's Marilyn Crucifix II, one of his black-and-white photo of a topless Marilyn Monroe with a red cross painted over her image. It sold for $17,250 (est. $10,000-$12,000). Herbert Matter's Surreal Headless Shopper (ca. 1940s), sold for $11,500 (est. $10,000-$12,000). David La Chapelle's edgy color photo of a model squirting liquid out of her breast into her friend's cereal sold for $3,450 (est. $1,500-$1,700). Anything touched by Andy Warhol seems to sell, including a pair of Calvin Klein underwear signed on their cardboard mount, which went for $5,750 (est. $5,000-$6,000). $17,250 of the total went to benefit the Community Research Initiative on AIDS. Also notable was the design of the "Pulp Fiction" catalogue itself, which resembled a fashion magazine, with lots treated as editorial content and laid out like collages. Full-page color ads for Coach, Tattinger Champagne, J. Mendel Furs and other elegant firms are sprinkled throughout the book.

PIEROGI PRESS SPRING EDITION
Trend-setting Brooklyn art gallery Pierogi2000 has issued the spring 1999 issue of Pierogi Press, its literary and art journal. The cover features a hand-silkscreened work by Ruth Root. Inside is poetry by Mary Jo Bang, Paul Bloodgood, Jody Bretnall, Nick Flynn and Asraf Mian; short texts and stories by Sergio Bessa, H.P. Flick, Laura Miller and Kurt Strahm; an essay by Victoria Meyers on her architectural work; and drawings by Jean Blackburn, Meghan Geretym, Kathleen Kucka, Larry Krone, Mark Lombardi, Sean Mellyn, Joyce Pensato, Sefan Roloff, Greg Stone, Lori Taschler and Jim Torok.

NEW GALLERIES IN CHELSEA
Nikolai Fine Art opened its new gallery space at 505 W. 22nd Street on May 4, 1999, with "Art & Artifice," a group photography exhibition including works by Jan Baracz, Karl Grimes and Andres Serrano. For more info contact Irene Nikolai at (212) 414-8511. Urban Architecture, Inc., inaugurates its space at 210 Eleventh Avenue on May 12 with "Mytholgie & Science," paintings, drawings and sculpture by French architect Patrick Naggar, who designed New York restaurants Café Bould and Daniel. The new gallery focuses on work by both architects and artists, including Sando Chia, Joseph Kosuth, Philippe Starck and Michael Graves. Contact Keith Johnson at (212) 924-1688.

AMERICAN CURATOR BACK TO DALLAS
New Dallas Museum of Art director John R. "Jack" Lane has hired Eleanor Jones Harvey as curator of American art, beginning Feb. 1999. Harvey, whose exhibition catalogue for a show of American landscape sketches won the College Art Association's 1998 award for 19th-century fine-arts scholarship, had been serving as consultative curator since 1996.

NEW DIRECTOR AT PAINTED BRIDE ART CENTER
Laurel Raczka, long-time program director of the Painted Bride Art Center, has been named to succeed founder Gerry Givnish as head of the city's foremost outpost of alternative performing and visual arts.

NEW CHIEF CURATOR AT SAN JOSE MUSEUM
The San Jose Museum of Art has appointed Susan Landauer as new chief curator, effective June 1, 1999. Landaur is currently an independent curator and author based in the Bay area, and has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna, Ca.
 
 
 
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