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  ARTNET SELLS DECORATIVE ARTS ONLINE begins offering online auctions in 20th-century design and decorative arts on Aug. 26. Highlights of the first sale, organized by specialist James Zemaitis, include a pair of Barcelona chairs, ca. 1939, by Mies van der Rohe (presale est. $7,000-$9,000); a "Dijinn" chaise, ca. 1967, featured in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001 (est. $2,500-$3,000); and a rare ash and copper washstand, ca. 1904, by Charles Limbert (est. $6,500-$7,500). Sales in fine-art auctions have totaled about $700,000 since the March launch. For more info contact Lauren Rosenblum at (212) 497-9700.

This fall the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Conn., is offering a six-part monthly course for beginning collectors titled "Collecting 101: How to Buy and Collect Contemporary Art." The Saturday classes, involving field trips to New York led by Aldrich director Harry Philbrick, will feature visits with drawing collector Wynn Kramarsky, contemporary collectors Marc and Livia Straus, Sotheby's contemporary art expert Leslie Prouty, the Tyler Graphics Print Studio and New York dealers Patrick Callery, Jack Shainmain and Bridget Moore. Sessions are scheduled for Oct. 2, Nov. 13, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Feb. 19 and Mar. 4. Class size is 20 people; cost is $185 for museum members and $210 for others. Register by Sept. 17 with Vay Ashby at (203) 438-4519.

Power art dealer Larry Gagosian has paid $5.75 million for a 21,000-square-foot, one-story building at 202 11th Avenue at 24th Street in Chelsea, according to a report by Jeffrey Hogrefe in the New York Observer. The new gallery, scheduled to open in the spring, will be the largest in the neighborhood. Gagosian bought the building from Tom Gambino Jr., grandson of the deceased Mafia boss Carlo Gambino.

Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight says the loan show of Impressionist paintings from the National Gallery of Art, which recently toured Japan and is now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum, "seems clearly designed as a vacant entertainment for people who have virtually no interest in art." The show includes 69 French paintings, all but 20 from gifts made to the NGA by Alisa Mellon Bruce and her brother Paul Mellon, and is on view through Nov. 29.

The Wexner Center in Columbus, Oh., is launching its fall season with an extravaganza dedicated to Julie Taymor, the genius behind Disney's blockbuster Broadway hit, The Lion King. "Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire," Sept. 18, 1999-Jan. 2, 2000, features four galleries of installations from the Tony Award-winning theater director's 25-year career -- puppets, masks, costumes, video clips, set designs, special effects and more. The show is co-curated by Wexner director Sherri Geldin and Charles Helm, the Wexner's director of performing arts. After its run in Columbus, the show hits the road, traveling to Mass MOCA (May-Oct. 2000), the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Nov. 2000-Feb. 2001) and Chicago's Field Museum (Nov. 2001-Jan. 2002).

Art collectors on a budget know that there's no better place to snag bargains than at benefit auctions. West Coast collectors will get their chance on Sat., Oct. 2 when Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions holds its 20th annual benefit art auction at 6 p.m. at Sotheby's Beverly Hills. Live bidding begins at 7:30 p.m., and the cost of general tickets, which includes invitation to an artists' reception on Thurs., Sept. 30, is $75 (VIPs pay $150). The auction will feature approximately 60 lots from artists such as Donald Baechler, Cecily Brown, Frank Gehry, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Will Mentor, Dave Muller, Ed Ruscha and Nicola Tyson.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation recently awarded 186 grants totaling over $3.2 million to visual artists -- that's over $17,000 on average. The grants -- which require a notoriously detailed application -- support artists' living and working expenses for one year and are based on artistic merit and financial need. The winners: Bruce Ackerson, Thierry Alet, Barbara Allen, Enrique Alvarez-Cruz, Mary Anderson, Kenseth Armstead, Michael Arvan, Tricia Atlas, Shimon Attie, Michael Ballou, Yee Jan Bao, Illia Barger, Joe Barnes, Arpita Basu, Robert Bauer, John Beech, John Beerman, Christopher Bennett, Norma Bessouet, Brett Bigbee, Isabel Bigelow, Xu Bing, David Blatherwick, Eric Blum, Peter Bowyer, Roger Boyce, Michael Bramwell, Max Brinck, Alan Brooks, Wayne Bryan, Bruce Burris, Joyce Burstein, Roger Campbell, Lubomir Cermak, Van Chang, Nicole Charbonnet, Santos Chavez, Patrick Connors, John Cronin, Patricia Cronin, Anna Daucikova, Karin Davie, Michael De Broin, Michael De Jong, Alejandra de la Puente, Hank De Ricco, Anne Desmet, Ulrike Dornis, Amy Drezner, Valentina Dubasky, Robert Dublac, Bill Durham, Mika Ebata, Janet Echelman, Lorian Elbert, Stefan Emmelmann, Suzan Etkin, Eckhard Etzold, Heide Fasnacht, Tony Feher, Kiki Felix, Kendra Ferguson, Gina Ferrari, Maxine Fine, Lisbeth Firmin, Roy Fowler, Antonio Frasconi, Hans Frode, Frank Gaard, William Gambini, Sonia Gechtoff, Sheila Ghidini, Alonso Gil, Charles Ginnever, Karen Giusti, Alan Glovsky, Maximilian Goldfarb, Ronald Gonzalez, Michael Goodwin, Judith Gor, Paul Green, Dmitry Gretsky, Virgil Grotfeldt, Roy Gussow, Fred Gutzeit, Michael Hall, Susan Hambleton, Susan Harrington, Anna Hartman, Julius Hatofsky, Wally Hedrick, Ronny Heiremans, Edward Henderson, Arturo Herrera, Kristin Holder, Sandria Hu, John Hultberg, Michael Hurson, Henry Isaacs, Julia Jacquette, Mariola Jasko, Bradford Johnson, Mehtab Kardas, Jane Kaufman, Chet Kempczynski, Vera Klement, Eva Koves, Gaetano LaRoche, Douglas Leichter, Paddy Lennon, Lauren Lesko, Helen Lessick, Lenore Lim, Jackie Lipton, Charles Long, Kathryn Luchs, Emma Luna-Larsen, Mila Macek, Oswaldo Macia, Norman Magnusson, Igor Makarevitch, Ronald Mallory, Ernest Mancoba, Karen Margolis, Fergus Martin, Susan Martin, Ann McCoy, Nicholas Micros, Iveta Mihalikova, Tracy Miller, Steven Montgomery, Doug Navarra, Dona Nelson, Yury Nemtsev, Nurit Newman, Fionnuala Ni Chiosain, Simon Nicholas, Fernand Nonkouni, Renato Ortega, Sono Osato, Judith Page, Ivy Parsons, Joseph Pearson, Renata Pedrosa, Cara Perlman, David Phillips, Marjetica Potrc, Katherine Prendergast, Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Ping Qiu, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Beth Reisman, Marilyn Reynolds, Laura Ricker, Jack Risley, Fernando Rodrigo, Herman Rose, Robert Rumas, Raymond Saa Stein, John Salvest, Joanna Sands, Gustavo Schmidt, Lara Schnitger, Manuela Sedmach, John Seery, Alan Shields, Nobi Shioya, Alyson Shotz, Amy Sillman, Rachel Stevens, Inez Storer, Renee Stout, Marek Szczesny, Gonzalo Torne, Mitko Tozev, Rhonda Tymeson, Radhika Vaidyanathan, Juana Valdes, Randy Walz, Derek Weiler, Shan Wells, Leigh Li-Yun Wen, Heather Wilcoxon, Kurt Wold, Valery Yurlov and Charles Zimmer.