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Las Vegas casino king Steve Wynn opens his new $2.7 billion, 217-acre, 2,700-room Wynn Las Vegas mega-resort on Apr. 28, 2005, featuring a fake mountain and several small lakes, two theaters, three high-end restaurants, stores, a Maserati/Ferrari dealership, a golf course, a pool and a spa along with an 111,000-square-foot casino. The resort also is slated to include Sin City's newest art gallery, opening with selections from the $300-million Wynn Collection (which has just finished a six-month run at the new Nevada Museum of Art in Reno). The surprise highlight is presumably -- so far, everything is under wraps -- Johannes Vermeer's A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals (ca. 1670), purchased in London last July for $30 million. Wynn was widely thought to be the anonymous buyer at the time, and a recent report by Eileen Kinsella in the Artnewsletter confirms the speculation.

Trophy works that were shown in Reno, and that may be included in the new gallery, include Pablo Picasso's Le Rve (1932), Vincent van Gogh's Peasant Woman against a Background of Wheat (1890), Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Among the Roses (Madame Leon Clapisson) (1882), Claude Monet's Camille a l'Ombrelle Verte (1876), Henri Matisse's The Persian Robe (1940), Paul Gauguin's Bathers (1902), Rembrandt van Rijn's Self Portrait with Shaded Eyes (1634), a Jan Brueghel the Elder landscape and John Singer Sargent's Robert Louis Stevenson and his Wife (1885). The collection also includes a 1983 triptych portrait of Wynn by Andy Warhol.

The preliminary design for the reclamation of the High Line, the 22-block-long, unused elevated railway bed that runs along Manhattan's West Side (largely through the West Chelsea art district), goes on view at the Museum of Modern Art, Apr. 20-July 18, 2005, and -- starting tomorrow -- online at The design is the work of a collaborative team that includes Field Operations (a landscape architecture firm founded in 1998 by James Corner that is overseeing the reclamation of the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island), the architecture firm Diller Scofido + Renfro (designers of the new Boston ICA and nascent Eyebeam Museum of Art & Technology on West 21st Street), horticulturalist Piet Oudulf, artist Olafur Eliasson and Buro Happold, a structural engineering firm.

British art star Tracey Emin, who in the past has threatened to sue an art critic for his comments about her work, has signed on with the other team -- she's become a columnist for the Independent. Success has clearly not tamed the Brit Art wild child, since in her latest entry, dated Apr. 15, 2005, she confesses that she was blessed with "giant tits," that she "cannot have sex with men with little dicks," that she has herpes on her chin and that she only goes out one night a week. "One moment, there I am merrily having an intellectual conversation," she writes about her weekly outings. "The next, I wake up on the kitchen floor."

Long Island resident Eric Fischl has designed the label for a new wine from Bedell Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island in Cutchogue, N.Y. Fischl's watercolor rendering of a nude redhead from the rear graces the label of the Bedell Cellars 2001 Merlot Reserve, which is limited to 455 numbered magnums of wine, priced at $200 each (including a nice gift box). The winery is owned by Michael Lynne, co-chair of New Line Cinema and an art collector whose collection includes works by Uta Barth, Sarah Morris, Cindy Sherman and Sam Taylor-Wood. For more see

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced the winners of its 81st annual fellowships, distributing more than $7 million to 186 scholars, artists and scientists (for an average award of $38,236). Artists and other winners of interest to the art world include Sadie T. Benning (video, Chicago), Chakaia Booker (sculpture, New York), Julie Bozzi (painting, Fort Worth), Debbie Fleming Caffery (photography, Santa Fe), Bruce Chao (sculpture, Rehoboth, Mass.), Bonnie Collura (sculpture, Brooklyn), Vincent Fecteau (sculpture, San Francisco), Beverly Fishman (painting, Blooomfield Hills, Mich.), Simone Forti (choreography, Los Angeles), David Gloman (painting, Northampton, Mass.), Stanley Greenberg (photography, Brooklyn), Joseph Grigely (installation art, Chicago), Mamie Holst (painting, Fort Meyers, Fla.), Eric Honigisto (installation art, Bozeman, Mont.), Maud K. Lavin (art history, Chicago), Jin Lee (photography, Chicago), Sze Tsung Leong (photography, New York), Stanley Lewis (painting, Leeds, Mass.), Tryna Lyons (art history, Seattle), Tricia McLaughlin (video, New York), Nicholas Micros (sculpture, New York), Sally M. Promey (art history, University of Maryland), Elaine Reichek (installation art, New York), Judith Schaechter (stained glass, Philadelphia), Julia Scher (art, New York), Katherine Sherwood (painting, Berkeley), Paul Sietsema (sculpture, Los Angeles), Shelly Silver (video, New York), Natasha Staller (art history, Amherst), Ned Sublette (music, Tulane), Diana Thater (installation art, Los Angeles), Eugene Y. Wang (art history, Harvard), Christopher Williams (installation art, Los Angeles), Deborah Willis (art history, NYU) and William Wylie (photography, Charlottesville, Va.).

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is putting a new spin on its regional survey of contemporary art, launched in 1977 as "In Western New York." This time around, the exhibition is the largest ever, showcasing new works by 58 artists at no less than 13 venues throughout the region. Titled "Beyond/In Western New York 2005," the biennial includes artists from Toronto as well as Western and Central New York, and is on view Apr. 15-June 19, 2005.

The venues (and the artists on view there) include the Albright-Knox (Joy Adams, Ben and Jeanie Dunkle, Dewitt Godfrey, David Baeumler, Peter Byrne, Cora Cluett, Insoon Ha, Anitra Hamilton, Kelly Mark, Shelley Niro, Kelly Palmer), the Buffalo Arts Studio (Millie Chen, Joel Seah, Corinne Carlson, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, Stephanie Ashenfelder), the Burchfield-Penney Art Center (William Cooper, Jackie Felix, James Morris, Joseph Miller, Meg Knowles, Jody Lafond, Jamie ONeil, Tony Conrad, Ron Ehmke, Aaron Miller, Marc Bohlen), El Museo (Alberto Rey), Squeaky Wheel (Freeshow Seymour, Shelley Niro, Seiw-wai Kok), the Carneigie Art Center (Patrick Robideau, John Knecht, Tammy Renee Bracket), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (David Gatten, Eve Heller, Seiw-wai Kok, Carlo Cesta, Alfonse Volo, Allen Topolski), the Castellani Art Museum (Eric Glavin, Julian Montague, Edward Luce), CEPA Gallery (Toni Hafkenscheid, Courtney Grim, Caroline Koebel, Adriane Little, Marie De Sousa, Karen Henderson), Big Orbit Gallery (Paul Vanouse), UB Art Gallery (Leslie Eliet, Mark Gomes, Carin Mincemoyer), UB Anderson Gallery (Sadko, Kate Ross), Langston Hughes Institute (Jolene Rickard, Rodney Taylor). The show also includes media and performance artists at more than one venue: John Knecht, Jamie O'Neil, Ron Ehmke, Seiw-wai Kok.

The $10,000 Francis J. Greenburger Awards for 2005, which honor artists "who for one reason or another have not been recognized by the world at large," have been announced. The five winners (and the people who nominated them) are George Condo (Don and Mera Rubell), Bruce Conner (Lisa Phillips), John Lees (Betty Cunningham), Stephen Mueller (Pat Steir) and James Romberger (Walter Robinson). The awards were launched in 1986 by Francis J. Greenburger, a New York real estate developer who is also founder and chairman of Art Omi International Arts Center, a residency program for artists, writers, musicians and dancers, and the Fields Sculpture Park in Columbia County, New York. The public is invited to the award ceremony, slated for the New Museum at 6-8 pm on May 2, 2005.

The International Center of Photography has announced the winners of its 2005 ICP Infinity Awards. Susan Meiselas is the recipient of the 2005 Cornel Capa Award, and fashion photographer Bruce Weber is recipient of the Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award. Other honorees are Toms Munita, Vince Aletti, Loretta Lux, Deborah Turbeville, the New Yorker and Lodz Ghetto Album: Photographs of Henryk Ross. The gala award ceremony on May 10 -- a fund-raiser for the ICP -- is hosted by Rene Zellweger at the chic new Skylight party space in SoHo, and sponsored by Getty Images.

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation has announced the winners of its annual "Space Program," which provides studio spaces in Tribeca for working artists. Winners are A.J. Bocchino, Elizabeth Brown, George Dombek, Rachel Frank, Hilary Harkness, Shirley Jaffe, Benjamin LaRocco, Kalup Linzy, Keiko Narahashi, Kirsten Nelson, Tim Roda, Catherine Ross, Alix Smith, James Everett Stanley and William Villalongo. The 14 winners were selected from almost 900 applicants by a jury that included artists Phong Bui, Karin Davie, Charles LeDray, Harriet Shorr and Robert Storr.

Brian P. Kennedy, former director of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, has been appointed director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hannover, N.H. He succeeds Derrick Cartwright, who has become executive director of the San Diego Museum of Art.

Teresa A. Carbone, a curator at the Brooklyn Museum since 1985, has been named curator of American art and chair of the department of American painting and sculpture at the museum. She succeeds Linda S. Ferber, has been appointed museum director of the New-York Historical Society.

PHILIP PAVIA, 1911-2005
Philip Pavia, 94, New York sculptor who was a founding member of the Club in the late 1940s, died of complications from a stroke in Manhattan on Apr. 13. 2005. He exhibited his work at Wildenstein in 1956 and, more recently, at White Box in Chelsea in 2003 and at O.K. Harris in SoHo earlier this year.

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