FRIEDLANDER, PIXAR, MORE AT MOMA
The Museum of Modern Art is about halfway through its "inaugural
year" in its new Yoshio Taniguchi building, and it recently invited the press to partake of a high-carb breakfast buffet and listen to a report on current and
future doings. Despite some carping criticisms when MoMA opened
its new building, the museum is clearly pleased with the status quo. The
capital campaign has raised $840 million of its $858-million goal, according
to museum director Glenn
and about 1.2 million visitors have streamed through the doors since the
opening last November.
As for exhibitions, the museum plans to
put together more topical shows, like the current "The High Line," Apr.
20-Oct. 31, 2005 [see www.highline.org/design]. Among the other shows on the lineup:
* "Friedlander," June 5-Aug. 29, 2005,
organized by Peter Galassi,
surveys the long career of the prolific American photographer Lee
Friedlander (b. 1934) via more than 500 works organized
into about 75 groups -- possibly the largest photo show ever. Several years
ago, MoMA acquired 1,000 works from Friedlander,
selecting 868 and taking a rain check for the remaining 132. "I have a
feeling the final works are about to be chosen," Galassi said. "And then we'll be behind again."
* "Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne
and Pissarro 1865-1885," June 26-Sept. 12, 2005,
organized by Joachim Pissarro, presents approximately 45 works by each artist from the period when
the two artists worked side-by-side in Pontoise and Auvers. The show travels to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and
the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
* "New Work/New Acquisitions," June 29-Sept.
26, 2005, organized by Ann Temkin in
collaboration with the museum curatorial staff, features approximately
20 works purchased with the 21st Century Fund, recently established by
the museum trustees to buy new art (putting an upper limit of $50,000 on
any single acquisition). Among the artists on view are Paul Chan, Mark Grotjahn, Fan Lijun, Rivane Neuenschwander, Neo Rauch, Thomas Scheibitz, Gillian Wearing and Andrea Zittel.
* "Safe: Design Takes on Risk," Oct. 16, 2005-Jan. 2, 2006, organized by Paola Antonelli, presents some 300 objects, from lifeguard stations to band-aids, that
are designed to respond to emergencies or to protect the body and mind
from danger or stress. Originally conceived with the working title "Emergency,"
the show was recast after the events of 9/11.
* "Elizabeth Murray," Oct. 23, 2005-Jan. 9., 2006, organized by Robert Storr, features about 75 works by the pioneering New Image painter.
* "Beyond the Visible: The Art of Odilon Redon," Oct. 30, 2005-Jan. 23, 2006, organized by Jodi
Hauptman, highlighting the Ian Woodner Family Collection's 2000 gift to the museum of more than 100 works by the artist.
* "Pixar," Dec. 14, 2005-Feb. 6, 2006, organized by Steven Higgins and Ron Magliozzi, features the original artworks that go
into making the animated films of the celebrated digital studio. All six Pixar features,
from Toy Story (1995) to The Incredibles (2004)
are to be screened in the MoMA theater.
Further into the future are an Edvard Munch retrospective, a huge Dada survey, a Brice Marden retrospective and a show of "Comic Abstraction."
At the press breakfast, the museum also
announced the appointment of Peter Reed, curator in the department of architecture and design, to the post of
senior deputy director for curatorial affairs, a new permanent position
that is designed to provide liaison between MoMA's curatorial
and administrative departments.
Finally, in response to a question from Lee
Rosenbaum, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal,
Lowry noted that during the construction of its new building MoMA had
purchased several contiguous plots of land to the west of the museum; MoMA now
owns a block-through lot that includes Connelly's, a pub on West 54th Street, but that is otherwise empty.
Several developers have approached the
museum with building proposals that would provide MoMA with
still more gallery space in a commercial or residential skyscraper. Lowry
pointed out that Taniguchi had anticipated this possibility in his MoMA design,
and made provisions for possible growth westward -- but Lowry also
indicated that the museum was in no hurry to embark on still another expansion.
NEW DEAL IN GALLERY-COLLECTOR DISPUTE
Bicoastal art dealer Christian Haye opens his rechristened New York gallery, Projectile,
tonight, May 5, 2005, with an exhibition of drawings by Julie Mehretu. Works by the Ethiopian-born artist are much in demand -- prices for
paintings can range from $25,000 to well above $100,000 -- and sales are
likely to be brisk, but it doesn't look like any of the proceeds will go
to Haye. Under a tentative agreement worked out with Jean-Pierre Lehmann, the collector who won a $1.7 million
judgment against Haye in a lawsuit two months
ago [see "Artnet News," Mar.
3, 2005] , Haye's share
of sales -- typically 50 percent -- goes into an escrow account earmarked
for settlement of the claim.
Back in 2001, Lehmann gave Haye $75,000 in return
for first choice of works by gallery artists, including Mehretu. For some reason (which continues to mystify art-world
insiders), Haye never followed through on the
deal, though he sold many Mehretu works to other
dealers and collectors. When Lehmann finally
resorted to the courts, he won an award of $1.7 million, a sum that the
judge arrived at by subtracting the sale price of all the Mehretu works Lehmann could have
bought from their current estimated value.
he relauched his gallery in an effort to make
"a new start." Such a maneuver seems unlikely to insulate him from the
court judgment, however, particularly since the new business is substantially
the same as the old. Thus, the escrow account. As
for Lehmann, he says that all he really wants
is for Haye to sell him some major works by Mehretu.
NEW AAMD GUIDELINES FOR ANCIENT-ART ACQUISITIONS
The American Association of Museum Directors,
the influential professional association of some 170 U.S. museum directors, has recently issued new guidelines for collecting
archeological materials and ancient art. The field is a thorny one, especially
now, with the market for such objects, which often have uncertain provenance,
easily inflamed by issues of national patrimony. But the new AAMD code
contains several suggestions that dealers in ancient artifacts are finding
For instance, the AAMD would approve of
museum acquisitions of ancient art objects -- even with unclear provenance
-- if the work is in danger of destruction, or if the acquisition might
help preserve the work and allow research into its history. The new code
also sets a time frame of ten years, saying that a museum could acquire
an ancient artifact of uncertain provenance if it had been outside its
country of origin for ten years or more. According to the AAMD, the ten-year
time period is sufficiently long that it doesn't provide a direct incentive
for looting or illegal excavation. For details, see the AAMD website at www.aamd.org.
TATE LIVERPOOL GETS PSYCHEDELIC Tate Liverpool is getting psychedelic for spring, opening "Summer of Love,"
May 27-Sept. 25, 2005, a show of artworks from the 1960s and early 70s
by more than 40 artists, including Linda Benglis,Richard Hamilton, Robert Indiana, Yayoi Kusama, John
McCracken, Nam June Paik and Andy Warhol. The exhibition
includes pop-culture paraphernalia like record album covers, as well as
a laser light show and large multimedia installations by Mati Klarwein and Vernon Panton.
The show travels to the Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt. For more info, see www.tate.org.uk/liverpool.
NEW SCULPTURE IN NEW YORK
The SculptureCenter in Long Island City, Queens, is opening a survey of recent sculpture by 28 New York-based artists. Titled
"Make It Now," May 15-July
31, 2005, the show is organized by SculptureCenter director Mary Ceruti, SculptureCenter curator Anthony Huberman and
independent curator Franklin Sirmans.
The artists in the show are Frank Benson, Nicole Cherubini, Andrea Cohen, Charlie Foos, Luis Gispert, Guyton/Walker, Dave Hardy, Rachel Harrison, Leslie Hewitt, Klara Hobza, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Nancy Hwang, Gareth James, Vincent Mazeau, Corey McCorkle, Robert Melee, Navin June Norling, Ester Partegàs, Seth Price, Matthew Ronay, Bryan Savitz, SOL'SAX, Jean Shin, Gedi Sibony, Lisa Sigal, Roberto Visani, Pheobe Washburn and Fritz Welch.
ART OF THE FLIP BOOK
The humble flip book officially
enters the realm of high art at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf with
"Daumenkino (The Flip Book Show)," opening on May 7, 2005. Curated by Christophe Schulz and Daniel Gethmann,
the show features works by over 170 artists and filmmakers, and ranges
from flip book prototypes that date back to 1868 -- when a flip book was
first issued a patent -- to designs by contemporary artists. The show also
features a section of erotic animation. Among the participants are Pedro Almodóvar, Guillame Appolinaire, Edward Gorey, Keith
Haring, Dick Higgins, Karl Lagerfeld, Richard Serra, Shirley
Temple and Mario Testino. For details,
see www.kunsthalle-duesseldorf.deOPEN CALL FOR DIGITAL ART
Attention digital artists!
The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) has announced an
open call for a juried show of digital art, slated to open in the LACDA
gallery, June 9-July
2, 2005. One problem -- the $30 entry fee, the
kind of thing that serious artists usually shun. At least the cost
of postage is low. Submission deadline is May 22, 2005; for details, see www.lacda.com.
MUNCH AWARD TO AMAR KANWAR
The India-born artist and
filmmaker Amar Kanwar has
received the first annual Edvard Munch Award For Contemporary
Art, a $55,000 prize presented by HM Queen Sonja of Norway on Apr. 27, 2005.
The award, which also includes a six-month residency at the Munch estate
in Oslo, is designed to support work that
reflects on the human condition, much as Munch's did. The prize is administered by the International
Board of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway,directed by Ute