AGNES GUND, CURATOR
No sooner did the celebrated art patron Agnes Gund retire as president of the Museum of Modern Art than she went back to work -- as a guest curator at the MoMA affiliate, P.S.1. Her exhibition, "Site and Insight: An Assemblage of Artists," which opens June 29 and runs through August, features "works by artists whose careers she has followed for many years" -- including Rosemarie Castoro, Bruce Conner, Peter Campus, Judy Glantzman, Maria Elena Gonzlez, Jim Hodges, Nene Humphrey, Julian Lethbridge, Andrew Lord, Winifred Lutz, Ellen Phelan, Arthur Simms, Julian Stanczak, Michael Vessa and Kathryn Walker.
Also opening at P.S.1 at the end of the month are "Art Chantry: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1," an exhibition of the celebrated graphic designer organized by Robert Nickas; the first solo museum show of the British painter Phillip Allen; "Signatures of the Invisible," a group show from London that takes an artistic look at physics; and a courtyard installation by Tom Wiscombe of Emergent Architecture.
PUBLIC ART BIENNIAL AT NEUBERGER MUSEUM
The fourth Neuberger Museum of Art Biennial, June 22-Oct. 19, 2003, is an unusual one -- it focuses on public art. Ordinarily site-specific, for the "Neuberger Museum of Art Biennial Exhibition of Public Art" the works are to be exhibited around the museum on the 500-acre Purchase College campus (of which the museum is a part). The exhibition is overseen by curator Jacqueline Shilkoff; the selection was made by a jury of public-art professionals. Participants include the Art Guys (Houston), Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt (Miami Beach), Roberley Bell (Batavia, N.Y.), Shelley Eshkar & Paul Kaiser (New York), Lars-Erik Fisk (Burlington, Vt.), Bill Fontana (San Francisco), Maria Elena González (Brooklyn), Amy Hauft (Brooklyn), Mildred Howard (Berkeley), Nina Katchadourian (Brooklyn), Brad McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry (Brooklyn), Peter Sarkisian (Santa Fe), Ritsuko Taho (Cambridge), Allan Wexler (New York) and Mel Zeigler (Austin).
LLOYD WEBBER ART AT ROYAL ACADEMY
The newest celebrity art blockbuster to hit the museum circuit is "Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection," which opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Sept. 20-Dec. 12, 2003. The exhibition features some 200 paintings by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Webber owns over 15 Rossetti works), Edward Coley Burne-Jones (over 30 works), John William Waterhouse, Holman Hunt, Richard Dadd and Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The show also includes works by Canaletto, Joshua Reynolds, Stanley Spencer and James Tissot. Webber assembled his collection over the last 40 years in consultation with dealer David Mason; during three weeks in 1994, according to the London Telegraph, Webber spent 10 million on paintings. It's unlikely the collection will ever be shown again. "He can't bear to be parted from it," according to Royal Academy exhibitions secretary Norman Rosenthal. "He'll be pacing up and down looking at all the empty spaces on the walls."
VENICE POSTERS ONLINE
Almost 60 posters by contemporary artists are now online, ready for printing, as part of the 2003 Venice Biennale. Dubbed "Utopia Station," the project is organized by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija, and can be found at e-Flux. Participants include Carla Accardi, Acconci Studio, Doug Aitken, Asymptote, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Tacita Dean, Jimmie Durham, Isa Genzken, John Giorno and Agnés Varda. "Utopia Station" is also hosting a series of performance events during the Biennale opening at its space in the Arsenale.
CINDY SHERMAN UNDERGROUND
Postmodernist photo-artist supreme Cindy Sherman has made 10 large-scale self-portraits for display on a platform at London's Gloucester Road Underground Station in conjunction with her exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, June 3-Aug. 21, 2003. The commission, which will be seen by an estimated three million people, is a project of the Underground's "Platform for Art" program.
LATIN ARTISTS WANTED FOR "L FACTOR" AT EXIT ART
Following the triumphant debut of the new 17,000-square-face Exit Art space at 10th Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan with the "Reconstruction Biennial," Mar. 8-May 4, 2003, the venerable nonprofit has closed for renovations. It reopens in the fall with "L Factor," described as a major interdisciplinary exhibition of visual art, film, literature and music by Latin American and Spanish Caribbean artists living and working in the U.S. Artists are invited to make a "conceptual portrait" of a Latino icon or hero; submit proposals (a drawing, a description and up to 10 slides) by June 30 to Exit Art at 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10012
YOUR PORTRAIT BY CHARLES ATLAS
Show-offs and performers of all stripes are invited to appear in "Instant Fame!", June 11-29, 2003, an exhibition of live video portraits by the celebrated filmmaker Charles Atlas at Participant, Inc., the new alternative space opened by Lia Gangitano at 95 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. Atlas plans to videotape volunteers in a downstairs studio, simultaneously projecting their portraits in the upstairs gallery. For more info, or to schedule an appointment, call (917) 488-0185. In addition to his many collaborations with dancers and choreographers, Atlas has completed a film on the late British performance artist Leigh Bowery (due to be released in the U.S. later this year) and is consulting director for the PBS series, Art 21: Art in the 21st Century.
GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIPS, 2003
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced its 2003 fellowships back in April (when we weren't paying attention). A total of $6,750,000 was disbursed to 184 artists, scholars and scientists in the U.S. and Canada, for an average grant of $36,685. Among the winners were Los Angeles muralist Judith F. Baca, New York City video artist Zoe Beloff, Denver photographer Joann Brennan, San Francisco artist (and Genesis Microchip R&D engineer) Jim Campbell, New York artist Mary Ellen Carroll, New York painter Steve DiBenedetto, Brooklyn sculptor Teresita Fernndez, New York video artist Neil Goldberg, New York filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, New York painter Cannon Hudson, L.A. artist and Art Center art prof Mike Kelley, Amherst photographer Justin Kimball, Hoboken artist (and Metropolitan Museum security officer) Greg Kwiatek, Los Angeles artist and Claremont Graduate U prof Rachel Lachowicz, New York artist Nicholas Lamia, New York artist Jessie Lebaron, New York artist Glenn Ligon, Brooklyn painter Gina Magid, Santa Monica artist (and Siftung Laurenz Haus artist in residence) Jennifer Nelson, New York filmmaker Reynold Reynolds, New York performance artist Kathy Rose, Venice installation artist (and Art Center prof) Pauline Stella Sanchez, St. Paul photographer Paul Shambroom, Chicago filmmaker Deborah Stratman, Connecticut sculptor Robert Taplin, new media artist Ray Thomas, New York composer Henry Threadgill, new media artist (and Rensselaer Polytechnic prof) Igor Vamos, Princeton filmmaker Sam Wells, Brooklyn painter Joel Werring, and New Jersey photographer Wendel A. White.
Among the scholars receiving awards were Harvard art historian Neil Levine (whose subject of study is the urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright), U. of Wisconsin art historian Julia K. Murray (the history and significance of the Kongzhai shrine to Confucius), U. of Houston art historian W. Jackson Rushing, III (Edgar Heap of Birds and contemporary visual arts), New York writer and Bard College visiting critic David Levi Strauss (photography and belief) and NYU professor of fine arts Edward J. Sullivan (the language of objects in Latin America).
NYFA FELLOWSHIPS, 2003
The New York Foundation for the Arts has awarded 144 grants of $7,000 each to New York state artists in the fields of computer arts, crafts, film, nonfiction literature, performance art, poetry, printmaking/drawing/artists' books, and sculpture. Computer arts: Anthony J. Aziz, Anita Cheng, Ye Won Cho, Marsha L. Cottrell & Gregory Millard Fellow, Samuel A. Cucher, Ronaldo Kiel, Jeffrey W. Lerer, Chico T. MacMurtrie, Ken C. Montgomery, Federico Muelas, Joseph Nechvatal, W. Bradford Paley, Patricia A. Search, Jeff Talman, Paul H. Vanouse. Crafts: Hank Adams, Xenobia Bailey, Sandra Bell, Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez, Eric C. Dahlberg, Sanam Emami, Susan R. Graham, Dana L. Groemminger, Judith A. Hoyt, Isaac Olugbemiga Komolafe, Steven T. Montgomery, Rina Peleg, Miriam E. Schaer, Lane J. Twitchell, Lori Willson. Film: Natalia Almada, Diane A. Bonder, Vilka Tzouras Bosmajian, Lawrence F. Brose, Bill Creston, Rebecca Dreyfus & Gregory Millard Fellow, Ed Durante, Sandra L. Gibson, Michael A. Gitli, Stephanie M. Gray, Georgia S. Lee, Reynold Reynolds. Performance art: Ronald A. Amstutz, Reginald Cabico, Ann Carlson, Lenora Champagne, Ping Chong, Jane C. Comfort, Charles Dennis, Hazelle A. Goodman, Shelley A. Hirsch, Justin T. Jones, Jennifer Wen Ma, Julia B. Mandle, Tamar Rogoff, Peter V. Scott & Gregory Millard Fellow, Basil R. Twist, Alex Villar, Stephen M. Vitiello, Christopher T. Yon. Printmaking, drawing & artists' books: Desiree Alvarez, Melanie Baker, Mildred G. Beltre, Denver S. Butson, Esteban Chavez & Gregory Millard Fellow, Xiaowen Chen, Che Chen, Theresa S. Chong, Annette Cords, Pietro Costa, Cynthia J. Coulter, Elisa C. D'Arrigo, Danielle Dimston, Carl E. Fudge, Andrea C. Geyer, Frances Jetter, Kysa N. Johnson, Emiko Kasahara, Norma Markley, Nancy Olivier, Lothar Osterburg, Maddalena N. Polletta, Ron A. Rocco, Juan E. Sanchez, David T. Sandlin, Oona Stern, Julio E. Valdez, Carol Wax. Sculpture: Carlos A. Ancalmo, Larry A. Bamburg, Jennifer J. Bolande, Joyce D. Burstein, Bruce K. Busby, Javier Cambre, Alfonso Cantu, Arturo B. Domantay, Tara Donovan, Yoko Inoue, Patrick Jacobs, Clarence Lin, Sharon McConnell, Corey J. McCorkle, Adia M. Millett, Yoko Ohashi, Jeffrey A. Schiff, Donna H. Sharrett, Jean K. Shin, Arthur Simms, John S. Stoney, Phil Young.
NEW HOME FOR ALJIRA
This month is a good time to visit Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, N.J., to check out the celebrated alternative space's gleaming new storefront home at 591 Broad Street, a few blocks down from the Newark Museum and across from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Currently on view is "Dancing in the Dark, Part 1," May 22-July 2, 2003, an exhibition of 18 young artists selected by artist and critic Calvin Reid. Artists in the show are Gema Alava-Crisostomo, Patty Cateura, Nichole Agbay Cherubini, Mike Childs, James Costanzo, Jennifer Crupi, Michael Eade, Elise Engler, Nancy Goldenberg, Timothy Hutchings, Josh Jordan, Megan Maloy, Robert Marbury, Annie Murdock, Heidi Pollard, Elisa Pritzker, Kit Sailer and Robert Walden. "Part 2" of the show opens on July 24, with 17 more artists.
BROAD BOUGHT BIG: BLOOMBERG
Seventy-year-old billionaire art patron Eli Broad was the buyer of Andy Warhol's Dance Diagram for $2.25 million and Sam Francis' Big Orange (1954-55) for $2.7 million at Christie's New York on May 14, 2003, according to a report in the Bloomberg News. Broad made the bids through Manhattan dealer Larry Gagosian. The Los Angeles-based Broad, who also has a penthouse apartment at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel in Manhattan, spends about $25 million a year on art, the story said.
PEACE MEMORIAL FOR U.N.
The Miami architectural firm Arquitectonica, founded by the husband-and-wife team of Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, has been selected to build a new memorial to fallen U.N. peacekeepers at the world body's Manhattan headquarters. Located in the sculpture-studded north garden, the monument is to feature 60 stones from around the world placed around a bubbling pool, facing a glass wall engraved in six languages with the words, "Remember here those who gave their lives for peace."
CONTEMPORARY AUSTRIAN DESIGN IN NEW YORK
The Neue Gallery on the Upper East Side has brought early modernist design from Austria to New York, and now the Austrian Cultural Forum at 11 East 52nd Street presents "A Design Now: Contemporary Design in Austria," June 5-Sept. 20, 2003. Organized by Viennese architects Eichinger oder Knechtl, the show uses as its touchstone the notion of eclectic sampling developed by the 20th-century designer Josef Frank. The exhibits are arranged from A (the Archiquant nubuck leather handbag) to Z (Zellform dishes made from plant materials and Zumtobel's annual report, designed by graphics wizard Stefan Sagmeister).
SUSAN INGETT MOVES TO CHELSEA
After almost 10 years in SoHo, Susan Inglett (and her multiples arm, I.C. Editions) has moved her gallery to Chelsea, where it is sharing exhibition space with Frederieke Taylor Gallery at 535 West 22nd Street. The dealers have their own offices but are alternating use of the gallery and project room. Inglett opens with an exhibition of works by sculptor Bonnie Collura on Sept. 12, 2003.
STENDHAL IN CHELSEA
The new Maya Stendhal Gallery unveiled its clean, white space at 545 West 20th Street in New York's Chelsea district with a show of recent screenprints by Donald Baechler, Greg Bogin, Peter Halley and Julian Schnabel, June 5-Aug. 2, 2003. Also on view in the project room, "Warhol: The Americans," a group of paintings, drawings and prints. Gallery director Maya Stendhal was formerly executive director of the Stendhal Gallery in SoHo.