CURATORS FOR BERLIN BIENNIAL 2006
The 4th Berlin Biennial, slated to open in March 2006 at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, now has a trio of hip curators -- artist Maurizio Cattelan and writer-curators Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick. The team was chosen by a commission of representatives of German museums, including Yilmaz Dziewior of the Kunstverein Hamburg, Ulrike Groos of the Kunsthalle Dsseldorf and Kathrin Rhomberg of the Cologne Kunstverein.
Together, the three have garnered something of an underground reputation in New York for editing Charley magazine and operating the Wrong Gallery, a small "doorfront" space in Chelsea that has shown works by top contemporary artists. The biennial has a substantial budget of 2.5 million euros from the German Federal Cultural Foundation and, for the first time, official institutional support from the KW Institute.
Founded in 1998 when it was organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Nancy Spector and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Berlin Biennial has become a vital element of Berlins art scene. Saskia Bos curated the second biennial in 2001, and Ute Meta Bauer did the third installment in 2004. The 2004 version received rather critical reviews in Germany for overwhelming the viewer with a mass of dry, conceptual material. Further details of the 2006 show are due early next year.
BIENNALE DES ANTIQUAIRES OPENS IN PARIS
The first big antiques show of the fall season premieres in Paris this week, as the 22nd Biennale des Antiquaires opens at the Carrousel du Louvre, Sept. 15-28, 2004. More than 100 exhibitors are on hand for the show, which is organized by the French Syndicat National des Antiquaires and opens under the patronage of French president Jacques Chirac. "Of course we want to sell, " Biennale president Jacques Perrin told the International Herald Tribune, "but our ultimate goal would be to see all the major art dealers in the world establish a presence in Paris. " The exposition is divided into several categories: French painting, Old Masters, Renaissance art; Greek and Roman antiquities; coins; Art Deco; the 1950s; jewelry; silverware; African art; Asian art; and pre-Columbian art. An incredible 100,000 visitors are expected. For a complete listing of the fair participants, see www.biennaledesantiquaires.com
PUBLIC ART HITS PUERTO RICO
By the end of the year, the island of Puerto Rico is going to be sprinkled with 75 works of contemporary art, thanks in large part to the patronage of Puerto Rico governor Sila Marí Calderón. Among the artists who have undertaken commissions are John Ahearn, Lourdes Correa, Rafael Ferrer, Anaida Hernandez, LOT-EK, Daniel Lind, Antonio Matorell and Ann Hamilton. So far, 27 artworks have been completed, including Nelly Toledos functional "infinity playground" in the town of Arecibo and a canopy on Culebras waterfront designed by Alberto Fernandez Zequeira. Several works have been installed at urban train stations, and the project is eventually to include an "art route" [ruta del arte] directing visitors to the various sites. The cost, a sweet $25 million, comes from the governments Public Art Project, headed up by architect Miguel Rodriguez.
The 12-member committee that chose the artworks from over 300 proposals included New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, cultural journalist Hctor Feliciano, former president of the Puerto Rico association of art critics Mirna Rodrguez, social historian Dra. Silvia lvarez Curbelo, and contemporary art collectors Pedro Muoz Marn and Dr. Csar Reyes. For more info, see www.artepublico.puertorico.pr
NEW PHOTO FESTIVAL FOR BROOKLYN WATERFRONT
The new Art+Commerce 2004 Festival of Emerging Photographers bows Sept. 18-26, 2004, in the Tobacco Warehouse at Empire-Fulton State Park at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn. Designed to spotlight unknown talents, the festival features works by 60 photographers in the 25,000-square-foot, 19th-century landmark structure. Exhibited works were chosen from 1,000 entries by a jury that included Vice Magazine photo editor Tim Barber, artist Nayland Blake, Wallspace Gallery directors Janine Foeller and Jane Hait, art dealer Peter MacGill, Vogue photo editor Ivan Shaw and journalist Rick Woodward, among others. Works in the show are not for sale, but contact info is provided for direct purchases from the photographers.
Art+Commerce, founded in the 1980s by Jimmy Moffat and Anne Kennedy, represents William Eggleston, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Jack Pierson, Terry Richardson and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. For more info, see www.artandcommerce.com. To attend the opening reception on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DESIGN AND ART: A SYMPOSIUM
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has planned a symposium to accompany its cutting-edge exhibition, "Design ≠ Art: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread." The day-long symposium, dubbed "Dialogues on the Relationship between Design and Art," is scheduled for Nov. 6, 2004, at the Great Hall at Cooper Union. Among the featured speakers are artists Richard Artschwager, Barbara Bloom, John Chamberlain, Tom Sachs, Joel Shapiro and Richard Tuttle; designers Michael Bierut, Tord Boontje and Gaetano Pesce; curators Barbara Bloemink and Joseph Cunningham; and Judd Foundation president Rainer Judd and dealer Max Protetch. The symposium costs $125 ($75 for Cooper-Hewitt members, $25 for students); for more info or to register, contact (212) 849-8380.
STUBBS AND THE HORSE IN TEXAS
At last, a high-class museum exhibition that seems perfect for the Lone Star State. "Stubbs and the Horse," organized by Malcolm Warner at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Nov. 14, 2004-Feb. 6, 2005, features 31 oils, 30 works on paper and three copies of Stubbs pioneering book of etchings, The Anatomy of the Horse (1766). Centerpiece of the show is Whistlejacket (ca. 1762), bought by the National Gallery, London, in 1997 and appearing in the U.S. for the first time; also on hand is A Lion Devouring a Horse (1769) from the Tate Gallery.
A day-long symposium is scheduled for Nov. 13, 2004, with presentations scheduled by Stubbs biographer Robin Blake, Met curator Walter Liedtke and NYU professor Robert Rosenblum. The catalogue, published by Yale ($50 cloth, $29.95 paper) and including 110 color and 131 black-and-white illustrations, provides a complete survey of the horse in 18th-century England. Following its appearance in Texas, the show goes on view at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Mar. 13-May 29, 2005, and the National Gallery, London, June 29-Sept. 25, 2005.
MET GOES "WILD"
Animalism is the theme of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts winter show at its basement Costume Institute. "Wild: Fashion Untamed," Dec. 7, 2004-Mar. 13, 2005, features more than 100 costumes and accessories in a survey of "the practical, spiritual, psychosexual and socioeconomic underpinnings of the decorative possibilities of birds and beasts." The show promises to be completely over the top, limning themes of pimp style and Las Vegas girlie shows as well as "woman as huntress" (Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto), the fur-clad "bourgeois woman" (Dior, Fendi, Gucci), Medusa and the Sirens (Jean Paul Gaultier, Norman Norell, Alexander McQueen), the dominatrix (Thierry Mugler) and the Victorian femme fatale (John Galliano). The show even has a section on the "ethical woman" that uses PETA advertising. The exhibition is organized by Andrew Bolton and funded by Roberto Cavalli.
BICOASTAL HAWKINSON SURVEY DUE IN 2005
The Whitney Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have teamed up to organize a survey of works by Tim Hawkinson, the Los Angeles sculptor celebrated for his witty, hand-made automatons and musical machines. Organized by Whitney Museum adjunct curator Lawrence Rinder (now dean of graduate studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco), the show debuts at the Whitney in February 2005 before traveling to Los Angeles.
ORLANDO HOSTS COTTRELL/LOVETT COLLECTION
The Orlando Museum of Art is beginning the fall season with a show of the holdings of New York collectors James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett, who started building their collection in 1976. "Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector," July 24-Oct. 31, 2004, features more than 70 works in an exhibition that emphasizes the personal relationship between the collectors and the artists. Among the artists with works on view are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Deborah Kass, Robert Mapplethorpe, Suzanne McClelland, Malcolm Morley, Manuel Neri and Alexis Rockman. The catalogue includes an essay by Art in America editor Raphael Rubenstein.
BASILICO TO ART ADVISORY SERVICES
Stefano Basilico, the adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Milwaukee Art Museum, has become senior consultant with Thea Westreichs Art Advisory Services, the well-established New York art consultant. While at Milwaukee, Basilico reinstalled the museums contemporary art galleries and oversaw acquisitions of works by Sharon Lockhart, Josiah McElheny and Andrea Zittel.
SIXTYSEVEN TO CHELSEA
Another Williamsburg gallery is moving to Manhattans Chelsea art district. Sixtyseven, founded in a Williamsburg loft as Star67 by Ron Segev and Claire Lemetais in 1999, opens at 547 West 27th Street on Sept. 23, 2004, with a solo exhibition of paintings by Echo Eggebrecht. Sixtyseven represents Chris Caccamise, Javier Cambre, Ben Grasso, Robert Grunder, Craig Hein, Dan Levenson, Evan Lintermans, Tricia McLaughlin, Victoria Rich and Neil Whitacre. For more info, email email@example.com
GOLDEN LION TO EISENMAN
The 2004 Venice Biennale architecture exhibition has handed out its awards. The Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement, one of the architecture worlds most coveted honors, has gone to American architect Peter Eisenman, who designed Berlins Holocaust memorial and is currently at work on the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Another Golden Lion award, for best piece in the Biennales "Metamorph" exhibition, was awarded to the Japanese firm SANAA for the Twenty-First Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, as well as for the extension to the IVAM modern art museum in Valencia, Spain.
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