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NON-PROFITS KICK OFF FALL SCHEDULE|
Look out! Opening day for the fall season is less than a month away. Eight nonprofit arts organizations in SoHo and TriBeCa are collaborating on a gala opening to get the ball rolling. Everything opens Saturday, Sept. 9, 6-9 p.m.
CALIFORNIA KEEN ON KEANE
Forget the uproar surrounding the recent reassessment of Norman Rockwell. The Laguna Art Museum goes one better with "Margaret Keane and Keanabilia," July 30-Dec. 31, tracing the San Francisco painter's 40-year career as artistic den mother of the big-eyed waifs. The exhibition features more than 35 of the kitschy paintings and prints, as well as work by 1960s imitators such as Eve and Gig (who specialized in big-eyed pets) and Keane-influenced contemporary ironists like Mark Ryden, Dave Burke and Dani Tull. For a more personal touch, you can get info on how to commission a portrait directly from the master at her website. The museum show is sponsored L.A. Eyeworks, which is using one of Keane's paintings in its "A face is like a work of art -- it deserves a great frame" campaign, appearing in magazines including Wallpaper, Out, Paper, Orange Coast, Flaunt and Glue.
CAGNEY ART ON THE BLOCK
Jimmy Cagney fans looking for inexpensive souvenirs would do well to check out William Doyle Galleries' "The Cagney Auction: Property from the Estates of Frances and James Cagney," Sept. 23-27. In addition to the 1942 Academy Award for Best Actor in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and works by American artists Ada Walter Schulz and regionalist Paul Starrett Sample, artwork by the tough guy actor is on the block, with watercolors and oils carrying surprisingly affordable estimates starting at $50. Artnet News hasn't been able to snag a preview, but among the paintings are Portrait of an Elderly Bearded Man (est. $400-$600), Dancer Against Orange Ground, Possibly Self Portraits: Three (est. $200-$300) and City Scene with Church: Two (est. $75-$125).
L.A. GETS CPR
After three years in the Windy City, the Chicago Project Room is relocating to Los Angeles in September. The popular alternative gallery plans to keep its name and to continue promoting the work of emerging international contemporary artists at its new quarters at 6130 Wilshire Blvd., beginning with "Living, In 2 Parts," opening Sept. 9 and featuring new work by Olaf Breuning (Zurich), Edgar Bryan (L.A.), Muntean/Rosenblum (Vienna), Torbjørn Rødland (Oslo), Mungo Thomson (L.A.), among others.
COMINGS AND GOINGS AT CHRISTIE'S
Christie's International has appointed Jean-Claude Noel to the newly created position of international chief operating officer as part of its recently announced new global strategy. Meanwhile, Lord Poltimore has left his position as chairman of Christie's Australia and deputy chairman of Christie's Europe to become managing director of European start-up eAuctionRoom.com. Poltimore had been at Christie's for 23 years.
-- compiled by Giovanni Garcia-Fenech