JANE MEYERHOFF, 1924-2004 This week, both the Washington Post and The New York Times weighed in with obituaries on Jane Meyerhoff, the major collector of post-war American art who passed away last Saturday from complications of heart surgery at the age of 80. In 1987, Meyerhoff and her husband Robert announced that they would donate their collection of 100-plus works, which includes important pieces by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and others, to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
PAUL MAENZ WITHDRAWS HIS ART FROM NEUES MUSEUM WEIMAR
According to a recent report in Die Welt, former Cologne-based dealer Paul Maenz, now living in Berlin, has withdrawn his collection of contemporary art from the Neues Museum Weimar (New Museum Weimar). The collector could not reach an agreement with the museum about the future of his 780 works of art in Weimar and therefore cancelled his loan contract. In Maenzs stated opinion, the museum lacks vision about his collection and is not engaged enough with contemporary art. When the museum opened in 1999 it was the first museum in East Germany to concentrate on international contemporary art. The Maenz collection includes American Minimal art, Conceptual art, and Italian and German painting, as well as works by Anselm Kiefer and Keith Haring. Die Welt speculates that the collection will go to Berlin, since Maenz recently gave his collection of graphic works to the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett (Copper-engraving cabinet).
JAWLENSKY PRIZE TO BRICE MARDEN
On October 23, New York painter Brice Marden will claim the Alexej von Jawlensky prize in Wiesbaden, Germany. The 18 000 award is financed by the gambling house Wiesbaden, the city of Wiesbaden and the Naussau savings bank. Former winners are Agnes Martin (1991) and Robert Mangold (1996). The jury members, Chinati Foundation director Marianne Stockebrandt, former director of Öffentliche Kunstsammlungen Basel Katharina Schmidt (Basel) and Cologne based art history professor Antje von Graevenitz (Amsterdam/Kln) gave Marden the award for his outstanding work as a painter and draftsman since the 1960s. The prize is named after the Russian expressionist painter Alexej Jawlensky (1864-1941).
BRUCE NAUMAN TALKS POLITICS
American artist Bruce Nauman, whose sound installation Raw Materials recently went on "view" in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, spoke out about his political views in an interview with Die Zeit. Like Richard Serra, who, last spring, designed an anti-Bush image for the Nation magazine, Nauman and his wife, painter Susan Rothenberg, have been increasingly vocal about their anti-Bush sentiments. Nauman is generally reserved about his politics, but "I dont like the present situation at all. I do not like Bush, and Cheney either", he told Hanno Rauterberg of Die Zeit. "Some of their advisors are really very clever, but also very arrogant and narrow-minded. They just race around everything. That is terrible." He wouldnt go so far as to design political posters, or anything along those lines. "I cant do it ad hoc. For me things move rather slowly, like when I had read some stories of Naipaul about South America and the mischief there. Above all [his book] Return of Eva Perón very much moved me. The installation South America Triangle arose [from that book]." Raw Material is audible through March 28, 2005.
BERLINISCHE GALERIE REOPENS
The Berlinische Galerie, Berlins state museum for modern art, photography and architecture, unveils its new €19 million facility to the public on Oct. 22, 2004. The renovated, 11,811-square-foot hall, a former glass warehouse, is located on Alte Jakobstrasse in Berlins Kreuzberg neighborhood, a two-minute walk from Daniel Libeskinds Jewish Museum. Founded 29 years ago, the gallery has never had a building of its own. In 1997, it moved out of temporary quarters in the Martin Gropius Bau, an exhibition hall in central Berlin, and has only sporadically exhibited its holdings since then.
The Berlinische Galerie primarily collects art made in Berlin from 1870 to the present. Its holdings include works from the Secession, Expressionism and Dada, Neue Sachlichkeit, Fluxus and the "Junge Wilde" painters of the 1980s. Among the items in its collection are paintings by Georg Baselitz, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Werner Heldt, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Iwan Puni, Hanns Schimansky and Lesser Ury. The estates of Dada artists Hannah Höch and Raoul Hausmann are part of the collection, as are 200,000 photographs by Erich Salomon. For more info, see www.berlinischegalerie.de.