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Artnet News
8/15/02


BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXCLUSIVE AT MET
The Metropolitan Museum is offering an exclusive, if pricey, prize to its members -- a behind-the-scenes weekend at the museum, complete with a visit with museum director Philippe de Montebello, private talks with Met curators, lunch and dinner in the museum galleries and a cocktail party at the home of a New York collector. The special insider's program, dubbed "Explore the World," is slated for Mar. 8-10, 2003, and can be yours for a mere $12,500 per person (the tax-deductible amount of each contribution is $12,115). To sign up, email weekendprogram@metmuseum.org.

IRANIAN POSTERS AT NYU GALLERY
The first anniversary of 9/11 might seem an inopportune time to mount an exhibition exploring the Iranian revolution, but what the hell -- it's only art, who'll notice? "Between Word and Image: Modern Iranian Visual Culture" opens at NYU's Grey Art Gallery, Sept. 18-Dec. 7, 2002, featuring over 100 rarely seen works from the from the 1960s to the heyday of Iranian militancy. One important segment of the show is a selection of Iranian revolutionary posters that played an important part in the 1979 uprising against the Shah. The show is co-curated by Grey Art Gallery director Lynn Gumpert and Museum of Modern Art curator Fereshteh Daftari, and co-organized with NYU's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.

FANCY BOOK FOR RICHTER IN SAN FRANCISCO
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presentation of the blockbuster "Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting," Oct. 12, 2002-Jan. 14, 2003, is going to be accompanied by something special. Inspired by a suite of eight abstractions made by Richter in 1999 after the artist recovered from a serious illness, record-producer David Breskin created Richter 858, an unusually elaborate book of poetry, music and text. The oversized 120-page volume (12.5 x 17 in.), housed in an aluminum slipcase, includes posters of the eight paintings, 35 detail images paired with poems by 13 award-winning poets (Ann Lauterbach, Richard Howard, Robert Hass, James McManus) or essays by art critics (Dave Hickey and Klaus Kertess) and a full-length compact disc of a string quartet composition by Bill Frisell. Published by the Shifting Foundation in association with SFMOMA and designed by Mark Fox of BlackDog, the book is priced at $125.

"EGG" READIES SECOND SEASON
Famed child photographer Sally Mann brings photographs of her dead family dog (among other subjects) to Egg, the weekly PBS series about the visual and performing arts, when it kicks off its second season on Friday, Sept. 20 (check your local listings). Additional subjects include "Eat Me" (photos of bugs consuming each other by Catherine Chalmers, vegetable faces by Saxton Freymann and Wim Delvoye's famous Cloaca) on Sept. 27, plus features on David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology and Andy Goldsworthy on Oct. 25 and interviews with Chuck Close and Vito Acconci on Nov. 11.

CENTURY GOES MINI
Phaidon Press has issued a new edition of its highly acclaimed Century: A History of Photographs, a collection of over 1,100 pictures documenting major events of the 20th century. Originally published in 1999, the new version is done in a "mini" format, measuring just over five inches square and almost three inches thick. The book is bargain-priced at $14.95, and has post-1999 additions, including photos of Florida election officials examining ballots for "chads" and a picture of President George W. Bush being informed that a second plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. The "mini-Century" is due in stores in October.

WOLFLI SHOW AT FOLK ART MUSEUM
The American Folk Art Museum in New York presents an exhibition of over 100 works by the Swiss artist Adolf W÷lfli, Feb. 25-Apr. 20, 2003. The exhibition is organized by the late Elka Spoerri, the art historian who was curator of the Adolf W÷lfli Foundation at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern from 1975 to '96, and W÷lfli Foundation assistant curator Daniel Baumann.

LA PANADERIA TO CLOSE
It looks like La Panaderia, the Mexico City exhibition space founded in 1994 by Yoshua Okon and Miguel Calderon, is going to have to close, a victim of its founders' otherwise flourishing careers, which are occupying all their time. The gallery plans to go out with a bang, mounting several exhibitions between now and the end of September, beginning on Aug. 14 with a show of works by Teresa Margolles. Also underway is work on a catalogue to document over 100 shows and events that have taken place in the space. For more info, contact lapanaderia@att.net.mx.

ARENA OPENS IN CHELSEA
Renee Riccardo's ARENA gallery, which has operated out of several Brooklyn spaces since 1993, is relocating in Manhattan's Chelsea district. ARENA moves to 526 West 26th Street, suite 310, opening an exhibition titled "Scratch," Oct. 15-Nov. 16, 2002. ARENA is sharing the gallery space with Elga Wimmer, and the two dealers will alternate shows there; Wimmer opens a show of work by Jean-Luc Moulene, Sept. 12-Oct. 12, 2002. For more info, contact arenagal@thing.net.

SIXSPACE TO OPEN IN LOS ANGELES
Independent curator Caryn Coleman, last seen in Chicago where she operated Sixspace, an alternative gallery, is relocating her operation to Los Angeles this fall. The new Sixspace debuts a 2,000-square-foot gallery downtown near the Staples Center (at 549 West 23rd Street) with photographs by Glen E. Friedman, producer of the award-winning Dogtown and Z-boys skateboarding film, Nov. 2-30, 2002. Future shows include "Pirate Booty," a pirate-themed group show, and the first solo exhibition of artist Seonna Hong. For more info, go to www.sixspace.com.

SCULPTURECENTER PRIZE TO BLACHLY
Sculptor Jimbo Blachly has received the 2002 SculptureCenter Prize, which includes an exhibition by the artist at the center's new facility in Queens, Dec. 14, 2002-Feb. 3, 2003.