WHITER NEW YORK?
Arguably one of the most anticipated spring shows in New York is P.S. 1's "Greater New York 2005," Mar. 13-Sept. 26, 2005, the successor to the "Greater New York" exhibition of 2000 that some say launched the current orgy of art commerce (it included Cecily Brown, Julian LaVerdiere, Inka Essenhigh, Paul Pfeiffer, Lisa Ruyter, James Siena and Do-Ho Suh, among others.) Young artists, convinced that "Greater New York" can make or break their careers, are especially obsessed with the show. But P.S. 1 is keeping the final lineup a secret until the last possible moment, according to a report in the January 2005 issue of Artforum magazine. P.S. 1 may even forego a press preview, and unveil the show in its entirety only on opening day.
One secret, however, is more than evident in the photo that accompanies the Artforum story, which includes Museum of Modern Art director Glenn Lowry, P.S. 1 director Alanna Heiss, and curators Klaus Biesenbach, Bob Nickas, Amy Smith-Stewart and a host of others -- everyone involved in organizing the show seems to be white. "Where are the curators of color?" said Artnet Magazine columnist Charlie Finch. Perhaps black, Latino and Asian curators can look forward to taking part in 2010.
OPEN STUDIOS IN HARLEM
The First AnnualHarlem Open Studios tour, organized by a new grassroots group called Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour (HOAST), has been scheduled for Apr. 30-May 1, 2005. HOAST, a "minority-led organization with a firm commitment to diversity, was founded last summer by Reuben Sinha. The group already numbers some 30 members, and is expecting about 50 artists to open their studios. Among the participating artists are Kelly Able, Shayne Aldrich, Walter Biggs, Aleathia Brown, Doughba Caranda-Martin, Carla Chapelle, Isaac Diggs, Noreen D. Dresser, Leo Garcia, Sharon Gill, Christina Gundersen, Clemenza Hawkins, Thomas Heath, Edward Hillel, Asia Ingalls, Katrin Jeffries, Hussein Jojo, Eli Koppel, Hsiang Lin, Larry Mantello, Dinga McCannon, Lucia WarckMeister, Ruth Miller, Jose Muchpino, Stephanie Mulvihill, Toney Nigel, Manuela Paz, Sheila Prevost, Patrick Russell, Mike Russnak, Gail Shaw-Clemon, Diane Smith, Debra Swack, Janice Taylor, Holly Wach, Gina Fuentes Walker, and Courtney Lee Weida. For more info, see the website at www.hoast.org.
SOTHEBY'S EXECS CASH IN
The rise in the fortunes of Sotheby's auction house, reflected in the healthy year-end increase in gross auction sales from about $1.7 billion in 2003 to $2.7 billion in 2004, has driven up the firm's stock by 30 percent, according to a report by Lindsay Pollock in the New York Sun. As of today, the stock was trading above $17 a share, well above its 52-week low of $12. What's more, several members of Sotheby's top management have taken the opportunity to cash in some of their stock holdings. Pollock reports that Sotheby's CEO William Ruprecht has sold stock worth about $183,925, while the president of Sotheby's Financial Services, Mitchell Zuckerman, has cashed in about $819,000 worth, the head of Sotheby's Asia and Europe, Robin Woodhead, sold shares worth about $459,000, and the company's head lawyer, Donaldson Pillsbury, sold $92,000 worth.
"THE CONTINUOUS MARK" AT NEW YORK STUDIO SCHOOL
One of Manhattan's most venerated art schools, the New York Studio School at 8 West 8th Street, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with "The Continuous Mark: 40 Years of the New York Studio School," opening Feb. 17, 2005, and running for more than two months. Guest-curated by Jennifer Sachs Samet, the exhibition is to feature four separate installations of approximately 100 works by former Studio School faculty and alumni. Participants range from the school's first director, Mercedes Matter (who, after publishing a harsh critique of art education in Artnews magazine in 1963, founded the school with a group of students) to its current dean, Graham Nickson, and include early instructors like Charles Cajori, Nicholas Carone, Sidney Geist, Philip Guston, John Heliker, Alex Katz, Earl Kerkam, Meyer Schapiro, George Spaventa and Esteban Vicente, as well as more recent grads such as Rita Ackermann, Cecily Brown, David Reed and Christopher Wool. Samet's accompanying catalogue essay, titled Mapping the Pedagogy, promises to trace the multiple histories of the legendary art institution.
SOL LEWITT ON THE ROOF
The Metropolitan Museum has selected Sol LeWitt as its annual "art on the roof" subject, with a special installation of five sculptures and one wall drawing opening in the museum's 10,000-square-foot Iris andB. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Apr. 26-Oct. 30, 2005. The sculpture series, "Splotches," is LeWitt's most recent; the wall drawing is site specific. The installation is made possible by a grant from Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky.
INAUGURAL EXHIBITION AT THE NEW MUSEUM OF WORLD CULTURE
The Museum of World Culture in Sweden has kicked off its inaugural program with an exhibition titled "Sister of the Dream," which opened Dec. 29, 2004, and remains on view for about two years. Courtesy of Fundación Cisneros chairman Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the exhibition contains approximately 800 objects from Fundación Cisneros' "Colleción Ornico," a comprehensive collection of arts and artifacts made by indigenous peoples of the Southern Amazon Basin.
MET CELEBRATES CHANEL
It's Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel at the Metropolitan Museumof ArtCostume Institute for the spring gala, the "party of the year," held on May 2, 2005, in conjunction with the opening of "Chanel," May 5-Aug. 7, 2005. Organized by Met curator Harold Koda along with associate curator Andrew Bolton, plus Olivier Saillard from the Muse de la Mode at du Textile in Paris serving as creative consultant, the show is a comprehensive exhibition of the famous fashion house from its beginnings to the present day under director Karl Lagerfeld. Chairs of the gala include American Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Nicole Kidman, and H.R.H the Princess of Hanover.
YVE-ALAIN BOIS TO PRINCETON
Harvard has lost one of its top art historians to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Curator, critic and art history professor Yve-Alain Bois, chair of Harvard's department of history of art and architecture since 2002, is joining the faculty of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute in Princeton, effective July 1, 2005.
BURDEN, RUBINS OUT AT UCLA?
Last week a rumor shot through the California art world. Artists Chris Burden and Nancy Rubins (his wife) had resigned their positions as teachers in UCLA's art department after an art student loaded a gun and fired it during an art performance in class. Apparently, Burden wanted the student to be reprimanded, but the university administration demurred, leading to the resignations. Both the artists and the school are mum on the matter. Burden, of course, is known for a 1971 performance piece, Shoot, in which he had himself shot in the arm with a .22 rifle.
10 WOMAN ARTISTS RECEIVE $25,000 GRANTS
Ten women artists have received $25,000 grants from the Anonymous Was A Woman foundationin its ninth annual round of awards. This year's recipients are Janet Biggs (video installation, NYC), Moyra Davey (visual artist/photographer, NYC), Liz Deschenes (visual artist/photographer, Brooklyn), Jessica Diamond (visual artist, Bronx), Joy Garnett (painter and media artist, NYC), Elizabeth Lyons (sculptor, Rochester, N.Y.), Sarah McEneaney (visual artist/painter, Philadelphia), J. Morgan Puett (transdisciplinary artist, Beach Lake, Pa.), Alison Saar (visual artist/sculptor, NYC), Carmelita Tropicana (performance artist, NYC).
NEW CURATOR AT MUSEUM FOR AFRICAN ART Enid Schildkrout, a curator at the American Museum of Natural History, has been named chief curator of the Museum for African Art. Along with her curatorial duties, she is to be involved with planning the museum's facility at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street, which is scheduled to open in 2007.
PHILLIPS DE PURY & COMPANY APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHY Phillips de Pury & Co. has appointed former Christie's specialist Lisa Newlin as the head of photography in New York.
JULIA FRIEDMAN OPENS IN NEW YORK
Add another stop to your Chelsea gallery rounds--the Julia Friedman Gallery, which opens at 504 West 22nd Street on Feb. 4, 2005. The inaugural exhibition is "Wanderlust," Feb. 4-March 5, 2005, a show of works by Jacques de Beaufort, Katy Fischer, Pablo Helguera, Torbjrn Rdland, Santiago Cucullu, Johannes VanDerBeek and Daniel Arsham.
FAURE & LIGHT IN SANTA MONICA
Dealer Patricia Faure, who operates the Patricia Faure Gallery in Santa Monica, has taken Kimbery Light on as an associate and changed the name of the gallery to Faure & Light. The gallery represents Angel Chen, Joseph & John Dumbacher, Craig Kauffman, Andy Moses, Ellen Phelan, Rona Pondick and other contemporary artists. It remains at the same location, 2525 Michigan Avenue in Bergamot Station.