PROCACCINI IN AMERCA
Old Master experts and fans alike are attending to "Procaccini in America," the ambitious new exhibition at Hall & Knight (at 21 East 67th Street in New York) that presents works in American collections by the seicento Lombard artist Giulio Cesare Procaccini. According to gallery principals Nicholas Hall and Richard Knight, Procaccini is "a painter almost exclusively of devotional counter-reformation subjects" whose "art is suffused with sensuality" and has "as much in common with Rubens and Orazio Gentileschi, as his fellow Lombard painters, Cerano and Daniele Crespi." Lenders to the exhibition, which was organized by Hall, include the Boston MFA, the Dallas MFA, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Princeton University Art Museum and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. The accompanying catalogue, written by Hugh Brigstocke, includes a complete illustrated checklist of Procaccini's oeuvre as well as essays on his life and critical reputation; it is being sold at $40 to benefit the Frick Art Reference Library. Of special interest to art-market insiders is Ecstasy of the Magdalen, a picture which Hall & Knight helped usher into the National Gallery's collection.
FALL ART FAIRS
The next month or so presents an exquisitely busy schedule of art fairs, ranging from antiquities to contemporary art in Europe and the U.S. But before plunging into the world of specialist art-commerce, visit the sixth annual D.U.M.B.O. Art under the Bridge Festival, Oct. 18-20, 2002. The entire Brooklyn waterfront art community participates in this mini-film festival and street party, which includes art shows, video projections and late-night music events. Exhibition openings at several local galleries, including Smack Mellon, The Living Room and Paint Gallery, kick things off on Friday Oct. 18, 6-9 p.m., followed by a "Parade of Concepts," a kinetic, hula-hooping, performance art sidewalk march, and an opening-night party (admission $10) with the dub funk band Organic Grooves at 56 Adam Street. Among the ongoing installations are Joshua Levine's colorful creatures taking refuge in a local tree, Nelson's electronic barber haircuts, freight elevator works by 20 artists and water-based installations by Ursula Clark and Kwi-Hae Kim viewable from the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park. For a full schedule see http://www.dumboartscenter.org or pick a festival map at the Dumbo Arts Center at 30 Washington Street in Brooklyn.
Next, head up North for Art Toronto 2002, Oct. 17-21, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This largely Canadian affair, now in its third year, features over 70 galleries, including a selection of new art presented under the rubrics "Fresh Avant-garde" and "Art in the Dark." Among the speakers at the accompanying "Art of Collecting" series are Time Out editor Sarah Kent, New York Times art critic Roberta Smith and Art Institute of Chicago curator James Rondeau. The preview gala on Oct. 17 benefits the Art Gallery of Ontario; tickets are $175, contact (416) 979-6660 x573).
Back in Manhattan, the fall social season must have begun, because Anna and Brian Haughton's International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, founded in 1989, kicks off at the Seventh Regiment Armory at Park Avenue and 67th Street, Oct. 18-24, 2002. The gala opening, on Oct. 17, benefits the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; tickets begin at $200. This year's roster of 71 American and European dealers ranges from Agnew's, A la Vieille Russie and Apter-Fredericks to Axel Vervoordt, Wartski and David and Constance Yates. This is the fair that takes the pulse of the market for big-ticket furniture and picture dealers.
Meanwhile, across the pond in Paris, the 29th annual Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain 2002 (FIAC) opens Oct. 24-28, 2002, at the Porte de Versailles with 170 galleries from 23 countries on hand. This year, confirming a trend seen in other contemporary fairs, FIAC is divided into several sections: solo shows by 45 artists, group shows, editions, and "perspectives" (an exhibition of site-specific installations by emerging artists represented by 14 cutting-edge galleries including Tanya Bonakdar, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Anton Kern, Andrew Kreps and Unlimited Contemporary Arts from Athens, the first Greek gallery to participate in the fair). The final section, dubbed Video Cube, is a 5,000-square-foot installation of 12 video works by Dara Birnbaum, Pipilotti Rist, Anthony Goicolea, Sebastien Diaz Morales, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Miri Segal, Marcel Broodthaers, John Pilson, Viacheslav Mizin and Alexander Shaburov, Roth & Stauffenberg, Mircea Cantor, and Pierre Bismuth selected by an international jury. 70,000 visitors are expected to attend. Find out more at http://www.fiac-online.com.
Back in New York, the 2002 Armory Photography Show opens in the tent-like North Pavilion at Manhattan's Javits Center on Oct. 25-28. More than 80 dealers, book publishers and magazines, largely from the U.S., are participating in this new entry in the art-fair whirl, brought to you by the people behind the spring Armory Show of new art. The photo show is an experiment in bringing together the audiences for cutting-edge photo works and more traditional photography. Also on tap is a special historical exhibition on the alliance between printmaking and photography by George Eastman House, the first museum in the United States to dedicate its collection entirely to photography. The opening night "collector's preview" (which doesn't benefit a charity) takes place Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m., and the $50 admission fee includes a four-day pass to the show. Regular admission is $15. See http://www.thearmoryshow.com for more information.
Then it's back to Europe for Art Cologne, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2002, at the KölnMesse Rhineside Halls. The granddaddy of all 20th-century art fairs features presentations from 260 international galleries, including 20 new galleries from six countries. This year's selection committee for the "Junge Galerien" (new galleries) section consisted of Daniel Buchholz, Michael Janssen and Luis Campana. An additional 20 artists were chosen by a jury for a special presentation, and the jury has placed a disproportionate emphasis on painting and installation, according to the fair management. When asked why there was so little video art in the exhibition, jury member Katharina Fritsch replied, "The popularity of video seems to have peaked."
Art Cologne is also presenting symposium, "The Power of Opinion and the Use of Media: Investigating Art Criticism," with lectures and discussions led by art critics and curators including Roberta Smith from the New York Times and Catherine David from the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art on topics such as "Art Criticism: Curse or Blessing?" and "About the Status Quo II: Life and Art Criticism." A complete list of participating galleries and further information can be found at http://www.artcologne.de.
Next, London art entrepreneur Will Ramsey brings his Affordable Art Fair to Pier 92 in Manhattan, Oct. 31-Nov. 3. There, the budget-conscious collector can find contemporary art under $5,000 at over 80 galleries. Printmaking and sculpture demonstrations are also planned. First-time buyers can benefit from two panels: "Starting a Collection with Works on Paper," hosted by Reena Jana and including Artnet Magazine correspondent Brook S. Mason, Steve Kramarsky, gallerist Cheryl Pelavin and Sharon Coplan, scheduled for Nov. 2, and "Helpful Hints for Emerging Collectors," hosted by Swann Auction Galleries, on the following day, Nov. 3. For tickets to the benefit gala preview on Oct. 30 -- proceeds go to nonprofit art organizations in downtown Manhattan -- call (800) 594-8499 or see www.affordableartfair.com. Admission is $10.
Heading resolutely into November, the fifth Editions and Artist's Book Fair unrolls at the Starett Lehigh Building in New York's Chelsea art district on Nov. 7-10, 2002. More than 20 publishers of prints and multiples and seven book dealers are represented at the new 9,000-square-foot location. The fair is organized by Susan Inglett of I.C. Editions, Michele Quinn of Brooke Alexander Editions and David Platzker of Printed Matter. The opening reception on Nov. 7 benefits Printed Matter, where a $100 ticket includes a special limited edition work by Jenny Holzer. For info call (212) 925-4338. Daily admission is free.
Last but not least, Paris Photo comes into focus at the Carrousel du Louvre on the banks of the Seine in Paris, Nov. 14-17, 2002. Some 100 photography galleries, 60 of which hail from outside France, are showcasing works by more than 500 photographers. Two special exhibitions are on tap: "Unique Ansel Adams," celebrating the 100th anniversary of the photog with 50 of his Polaroids, and "Statement: Six Dutch Galleries Presenting Contemporary Photography," curated by Paris Photo artistic director Rik Gadella. The fair has a special emphasis on fashion photography, young female photographers, travel photography and early photography, according to the organizers. For more information visit http://www.parisphoto.fr.