LONG LOST HOPPER DRAWINGS AT PETER FINDLAY
A group of 22 long lost drawings by Edward Hopper, many of them final
studies for the artists most iconic paintings, are going on view at Peter
Findlay Gallery in the Fuller Building in Manhattan, May 3-31, 2005.
The trove includes drawings for A Woman in the Sun (1960), the famous
picture of a nude woman standing pensively in her bedroom that is in the
collection of the Whitney Museum, and Room by the Sea (1951),
a work in the Yale University Art Gallery collection that is one of
the rare Hopper pictures of an interior without a figure. Prices for the
"Capezzera Drawings, " as they have been named after
their owner, Boston attorney Frank M. Capezzera,
are in the $130,000-$250,000 range.
Edward Hopper died in 1967 and his wife, Jo Hopper, died eight months
later, leaving the Hoppers Cape Cod home in Truro, Mass., to Mary Schiffenhaus,
a neighbor and friend who helped care for Jo at the end of her life. Schiffenhaus found
the 22 Hopper drawings in drawers and cupboards in the house, and subsequently
gave them to Capezerra, a friend, in 1969. The
gallery has published a thoroughly illustrated catalogue to mark the exhibition.
For more info, see www.findlay.com
CHANEL, LAGERFELD, FETED AT THE MET
You know its springtime when the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art throws its so-called "party of the year, " a benefit gala
scheduled for tonight, May 2, 2005, and co-chaired by actress Nicole
Kidman, Chanel design director Karl
Lagerfeld and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Pretext for the party is "Chanel, " May 5-Aug.
7, 2005, an exhibition of several dozen outfits by the pioneering modern
designer Gabrielle "Coco " Chanel (1883-1971),
famous for freeing women from the 19th-century corset and dressing them
in practical clothes -- notably, big-buttoned suites in English schoolboy
tweed, accessorized with lots of costume jewelry.
For the show, the Met has converted its temporary exhibition space on the
first floor into a kind of dark and dreamy department store, dividing the
gallery about 20 shop-window-like vitrines (eat
your heart out, Guggenheim Museum). Interspersed with the classic Chanel designs
are the more vulgar updates of her style done by Lagerfeld, who in 1983 was
brought in from Chlöe to take over design duties (the show entirely
omits any clothes from the 1971-83 "interregnum, " when the firm entered a
more dowdy, old-lady period under designers like Yvonne Dudel, Jean Cazaubon and Philippe Guibourge).
The Met shop has stepped up for the occasion as well, offering some special
merchandise. Among the items are a Chanel Icon
Charm Bracelet, featuring charms in the forms of a quilted Chanel handbag, the classic CC monogram and the trademark
No. 5 ($495); a silk mousseline Coco Chanel Scarf featuring
a portrait of Chanel by Lagerfeld ($245); and a Coco
Doll Costume Jewelry Wardrobe Suite, including a pin, pendant, earrings,
cell phone charm and key ring ($175-$295).
BENEFIT FOR LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURE
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Councils annual benefit dinner
is scheduled for May 5 at Ciprianis Downtown.
Honorees are New York senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles
Schumer, John and Dan Tishman of Tishman Construction, builders of the original World Trade Center,
and the avant-garde musical group Sonic Youth. The evenings events
include an auction of artworks by Vito Acconci, Louise
Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Claes Oldenberg and
many others, as well as a short film by the Neistat Brothers and
several performances, including one by the Boys Choir of Harlem. "Downtown
is less a place than a state of mind, " said LMCC president Tom Healy.
Tickets to the dinner are already sold out, but you can still bid on some
of the worksonline; for info, see www.lmcc.net/auction
WEAK DAYS AT NATIONAL ENDOWMENT
Ever since the "culture wars " of the 1980s and early 90s, the National
Endowment for the Arts has been largely irrelevant to the contemporary
art world, though it does still manage to pass along a limited amount of
federal funds to some important arts organizations. NEA recently awarded
a total of $61 million in arts grants, and several important museums received
funds under the "American Masterpieces: Visual Arts Touring " category for
worthwhile projects, including $120,000 to the Georgia OKeeffe Museum for
"Georgia OKeeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle " and $100,000 to the Phillips Collection for
"Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series. "
But other grants on the list suggest that things NEA have sunk to a new
low. For instance, in the "access to artistic excellence " category, grants
include $25,000 for the Pier Walk sculpture
show in Chicago, $20,000 to support a series of exhibitions in the waiting
room of a Richmond public hospital, and $20,000 for the Craft Emergency
Relief Fund website. And to think, NEA fellowships for visual artists
were eliminated in part because the winners were said to have been insufficiently
"national " in stature to deserve awards from a federal arts agency. For more
of the sad details, see www.nea.gov
SEAN SCULLY AT PHILLIPS COLLECTION
The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.,
has organized a major survey of works by the abstract painter Sean Scully.
Focusing on the series inspired by the artists trip to Mexico more than
20 years ago -- the compositions use a motif of horizontal and vertical "bricks "
derived from ancient Mayan ruins -- "Sean Scully: Wall of Light " premieres
at the Phillips, Oct. 22, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006, and subsequently travels to
the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Cincinnati Art Museum and
the Metropolitan Museum. The show is organized by Stephen Bennett
Phillips and features approximately 20 large-scale oil paintings and
40 watercolors, pastels and aquatints. The show is sponsored by UBS comes
with a catalogue published by Rizzoli.
PETER WEGNER AT LEVER HOUSE
Art-loving real estate mogul Aby Rosen has
added still another major artwork to his Lever House Art Collection,
commissioning a huge maze constructed of 2,500,000 sheets of green paper
from Brooklyn-based color-and-architecture-artist Peter Wegner. Lever
Labyrinth, as it is titled, goes on view in the Lever House lobby, May
9-Sept. 4, 2005, before becoming part of the Lever House collection, which
is curated by Richard Marshall.
GRAY KAPERNEKAS OPENS IN NEW YORK
New York dealer Venetia Kapernekas is back,
now in partnership in a new gallery with Alexander Gray, boardmember of
the Archipenko Foundation and former
director of the San Francisco-based ArtCouncil. Gray Kapernekas Gallery opens
with an exhibition of works by Kay Rosen, May 6-June 18, 2005, at the former Kapernekas gallery space at 526 West 26th Street in New Yorks
Chelsea art district.
ROME PRIZE WINNERS, 2005-06
The winners of the 109th Rome Prize Competition, who receive a stipend
and a study or studio at the American Academy in Rome for periods
up to two years, have been announced by academy president Adele Chatfield-Taylor.
Winners in the visual arts are Boyce Cummings, a painter from New
York; Yun-Fei Ji, an artist
from Brooklyn; Ward Shelley, another Brooklyn artist; and Carrie
M. Weems, an artist from Syracuse, N.Y.
$250,000 AWARD FOR DI SUVERO
Sculptor Mark Di Suvero has received the
11th annual Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities, a $250,000 prize
from the Heinz Family Foundation. "The works of Mark Di Suvero have stopped us in our tracks, " said foundation head Teresa
Heinz Kerry, "confronting us with audacious colors and shapes and mesmerizing
us with subtle energy and intricate proportion. "
LUCELIA AWARD TO ZITTEL
Andrea Zittel has been named the fifth winner of the annual
$25,000 Lucelia Artist Award from
the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The award panel -- Richard Artschwager, Klaus Biesenbach, Ann
Goldstein, Paul Ha and Katy Siegel -- cited Zittels "utopian yet rigorously formal sensibility. "
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