VENICE DIRECTORS FOR 2005, 2007
Does it take two women to fill the shoes of a single man? The Venice Biennale seems to think so, for it has selected Spanish curators Maria de Corral and Rosa Martinez as directors of the biennales 2005 art exhibition (succeeding a long series of male curators who managed the job single-handedly). But the ladies wont be collaborating -- de Corral is in charge of a historical exhibition in the Italian Pavilion, while Martinez is organizing a show of new art in the biennales historic Arsenale spaces. A former director of the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, de Corral established Spains most important contemporary collection, the Fundació La Caixa in Barcelona; Martinez is a well-traveled independent curator who organized Manifesta 1 in 1996, the Istanbul Biennial in 1997 and the Site Santa Fe Biennial in 1999, among other shows.
Whats more, former Museum of Modern Art contemporary curator Robert Storr has been named to direct the 2007 Venice Biennale. But first, in conjunction with the 2005 biennale, Storr is supervising a symposium of "the greatest figures in the world of contemporary art" for the "analysis and study of the state of contemporary art (its codes, languages, new and old paradigms)." The symposium is scheduled for the fall of 2005. The overall project is billed by Biennale di Venezia president Davide Croff as an effort to renew the biennales visual arts sector.
GUND COLLECTION TO EITELJORG MUSEUM
Museum of Modern Art president emerita Agnes Gund isnt the only art collector in the family. Her late father George Gund, a Cleveland banker and real estate investor, put together a $15-million collection of Western art, including Frederick Remingtons emblematic Bronco Buster and 56 other works. The trove has been on long-term loan to the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis since 1989 -- and now the Gund Family has given the collection to the museum permanently. In addition to Agnes Gund, the six Gund siblings include Gordon Gund, co-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. The Eiteljorg plans to unveil the collection in a special gallery when it opens its newly expanded building in June 2005.
CHRISTO POSTERS FOR "THE GATES"
The indefatigable Christo and Jeanne-Claude say that only original works are made of major projects, meaning that the smallest collages relating to their forthcoming The Gates, Central Park, New York, which is slated to go up in Central Park in February 2005, start at $25,000 or so. But budget-minded fans of The Gates do have an option -- signed posters. The website rareposters.com is offering several images from The Gates in initial editions of 1,500 (though they may be reprinted). Prices range from $25 to $75 for unsigned posters, and from $200 to $450 for signed versions. "The posters are really high quality printing," wrote Bernard Rougerie from rareposters in an email. "Weve had a pretty strong response so far." For more info on signed works, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEON GOLUB, 1922-2004
Leon Golub, 82, much-loved New York expressionist painter and political activist, died on Aug. 8 after undergoing abdominal surgery at New York Medical Center. A Chicago native associated with the postwar group of "Monster Roster" artists, Golub spent time in Paris before settling in New York in the 60s, where he became known for brutal and rough-hewn figurative paintings that took on an added dimension in light of popular opposition to the Vietnam War. Golub was given retrospective exhibitions at the New Museum in 1984 and the Brooklyn Museum in 2001, and was included in Documenta XI in 2002. He is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York and Rhona Hoffman in Chicago. He is married to the artist Nancy Spero.
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