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8/17/00
 
     
  PHILLIPS GAMBLES ON BELLAGIO
It's official -- the Phillips Collection has finalized its deal with Las Vegas casino giant MGM Mirage to provide 26 major paintings and sculptures for a six-month show at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts in Las Vegas. The Washington, D.C., museum is betting it will make at least $1 million from the arrangement, reports the Washington Post. In an unusual contract, Bellagio is not paying a rental fee for "Masterworks from the Phillips Collection" -- instead it will charge $12 admission to out-of-state visitors and $10 to Nevada residents and pass on the net proceeds to the Phillips. The museum is counting on attracting 1,000 visitors per day to reach the hoped $1 million profit, a conservative estimate -- a gallery spokesperson tells Artnet Magazine that in the past Bellagio has averaged 1,800 visitors per day.

At any rate, the Phillips is not taking any chances and is bringing out the big guns. Among the works featured are Bonnard's Open Window (1921), a Cézanne self-portrait (1878-80), Degas' Dancers at the Barre (ca. 1900), El Greco's The Repentant St. Peter (ca. 1600-1605), Matisse's Interior with Egyptian Curtains (1948), Picasso's Woman with Green Hat (1939) and van Gogh's Entrance to the Public in Arles (1888). Some merchandise from the Phillips Collection shop is also to be available at the gallery, adding to the revenue, which is to go towards education and exhibition programs and to increase the organization's endowment. The Bellagio is reportedly negotiating similar deals with other museums, but nothing specific has yet been disclosed.

DUELING FRIDAS?
Latino bombshells Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez are considering competing scripts based on the life of Mexican icon Frida Kahlo, reports Variety. Miramax Entertainment has plans for Hayek, most recently seen in last year's controversial religious satire Dogma, to star in a film written by Rodrigo Garcia and possibly directed by Andrucha Waddington, while Lopez is rumored to be interested in an United Artists biopic written and to be directed by Luis Valdez, with Francis Ford Coppola as executive producer. Valdez has been trying to bring the painter to the silver screen for a decade, but protests had KO'd previous plans after non-Hispanic Laura San Giacomo and later Madonna were named for the leading role.

In other Hollywood news, actor Ed Harris' Pollock, his directorial debut, has been deemed the centerpiece at the 38th New York Film Festival. The film stars Harris as the troubled Abstract Expressionist and features Marcia Gay Harden as Lee Krasner, John Heard as Tony Smith, Val Kilmer as Willem de Kooning, Amy Madigan as Peggy Guggenheim and Jeffrey Tambor as Clement Greenberg. Producer is art collector and Basquiat backer Peter Brant; Barbara Turner and Susan Emshwiller adapted the script from the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. The festival runs Sept. 22-Oct. 8; a schedule of the complete program won't be released until early next month.

THE WARHOL IMPORTS P.S. 122
Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum and Three Rivers Arts Festival are uniting to take an eclectic bunch of performance artists to the steel city for Off the Wall, a series of eight programs selected in collaboration with East Village performance pioneers P.S. 122. The series has been arranged by Mark Russell, P.S. 122's artistic director, with the Warhol covering most of the costs. The schedule features recent Prix de Rome recipient Pat Olezko performing and creating a museum-wide film screening on Sept. 24; renowned gay activist Tim Miller performing Glory Box, which deals with gay marriage and immigration, Oct. 14 and 15; Bronx spoken word artists Universes presenting a preview of Slanguage, a work in progress concerning the development of poetry from the street on Nov. 25; Bill "CrutchMaster" Shannon performing his fusion of dance and movement styles integrating physical disability with references to breakdancing and skateboarding on Dec. 16; Brussels' performance space Kaaitheatre artist-in-residence Claude Wampler performing a site-specific piece on Jan. 27, 2001; the always-controversial Karen Finley presenting her trademark jaw-dropping performances, Feb. 17-18, 2001; Will Power performing his critically acclaimed one man show The Gathering on Mar. 10, 2001; and John Kelly and David Del Tredici providing a special peek at their new collaboration on May 12, 2001. A meet-the artist reception will follow each performance. Tickets are $15 each or $100 for the whole series; call (412) 237-8300 to order.

BIENNALE DES ANTIQUARIES 2000
The prestigious XX Biennale des Antiquaries opens at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris with 17 new exhibitors, Sept. 15-Oct. 1. A total 120 international dealers and approximately 7,000 works of art are featured in a theatrical backdrop by Belgian designer Christophe Dercapentrie titled France Welcomes the Continents. The newcomers include New York's Berry-Hill Galleries, London's Agnews, Sam Fogg, Derek Johns and John Mitchell & Son, Paris' Martine and Gérard Bareyre, Jacques Barrere, Galerie Jean-Jacques Dutko, Hervieux and Motard, L'Arc En Seine, Jean-Luc Mechiche, Galerie Mermoz, Galerie Alain de Monbrison, Galerie du Passage and Pierre-Richard Royer and Belgium's Philippe Denys. An estimated 90,000 visitors are expected. Admission is 75 French Francs; call 011-331-44-51-7474 for more information.

ARTISTS CALL ON MOMA TO SETTLE STRIKE
More than 125 artists have signed an open letter appearing in this week's Village Voice and Time Out New York urging the Museum of Modern Art to settle the 16-week-old strike by PASTA-MOMA employees, expressing their concern at MoMA's refusal to make any proposals since mid-April and asking the public to honor the picket lines at the museum's entrance. Among the signers are artists such as Laurie Anderson, Chris Burden, Barbara Kruger, Robert Rauschenberg and Martha Rosler, filmmakers Pedro Almódovar, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino, musicians David Byrne, Thurston Moore and John Zorn, and writers and critics Walter Abish, John Ashberry, Arthur C. Danto, Susan Sontag and Edmund White. A copy of the letter is available here.

ARTNET.COM'S HIDDEN TALENT EXPOSED
Not only the premier website for art content and e-commerce, artnet.com is also the workplace for a number of gifted artists, some of whose works are being featured in "Machinery," an exhibition featuring over 30 artists, dancers, designers, filmmakers and musicians. Organized by New York online community resource Urbanetc and Con-Fu-Sion, the hipster collective behind the club night of the same name at CentroFly, the show opens Aug. 19 at the Metropolitan Building, 44-01 11th Street, Long Island City, starting at 7 p.m. The talented people in our gallery production department featured are Kate Bosworth, Ellen Descisciolo, Chelsea Guerdat, Lori Mendez, Jordan Parkerton, Jane Parrott and Paige Taylor.

-- compiled by Giovanni Garcia-Fenech
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