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Artnet News
9/17/02


GREAT GREEKS IN CLEVELAND
The Cleveland Museum of Art presents "Magna Graecia: Greek Art from South Italy and Sicily," Oct. 27, 2002-Jan. 5, 2003, a major exhibition of 81 works that demonstrate the early cultural colonization of ancient Rome by Greek myth, literature and technology, according to Cleveland Museum director Katherine Lee Reid. Centerpiece of the show is the nearly life-sized Youth of Agrigento from the 5th century BC, plus terracotta sculptures of a Gorgon head and a cult statue that could be Zeus. All of the items have never been exhibited in the U.S before. Cleveland co-organized the show with the Tampa Museum of Art, where it appears Feb. 2-Apr. 20, 2004. Curators are Michael Bennett (Cleveland), Aaron J. Paul (Tampa) and Mario Iozzo, director of the Archaeological Museum of Chiusi, Italy.

L.A. MOCA GETS NEW MONUMENT
The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art has installed a massive new sculpture by Los Angeles Nancy Rubins on its sculpture plaza at its downtown facility. Made of airplane parts and having an expanse of 54 feet, the monumental mushroom-shaped sculpture was bought last year from Gagosian Gallery and will stay on view for the indefinite future. The gnarly work has an unwieldy title as well: Chas' Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts, About 1,000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire and Gagosian's Beverly Hills Space.

ARNE JACOBSEN AT SCANDINAVIA HOUSE
With all the renewed interest in Biomorphic Moderne design, it's time for a review of the work of the celebrated Copenhagen-born architect and designer Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971). "Arne Jacobsen: A Centenary Exhibition" opens at Scandinavia House in New York, Sept. 27-Nov. 9, 2002. The show focuses on six major buildings, from the 1932 Bellevue Sea-Bathing area to Denmark's National Bank (1971), and includes as well famous designs like the Egg and Swann chairs (1958) and the Cylinda Line coffee service (1967). Curatorial consultant for the show is Christopher Mount; for more info go to the website at www.amscan.org.

F-EST FEST IN LONDON
In an effort to draw attention to the East London art scene, over 100 public and commercial art galleries have joined together for F-Est, a kind of open-house weekend on Oct. 4-6, 2002. Many galleries are staying open for longer hours and providing special performances, talks and film showings. The marketing effort is also producing a special East End guide; visitors can collect stamps at each gallery to claim special offers from participating bars and cafes along various tour routes. Among the galleries participating are The Agency, Andrew Mummery, Anthony Wilkinson, The Approach, Bloomberg Space, Interim Art, Matts Gallery, Modern Art, Nylon, Rhodes + Mann, Victoria Miro and the Whitechapel Art Gallery. For more info, check out the website at www.f-est.com.

BALTIC TRIENNIAL UNDER WAY
The 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art has opened in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the Contemporary Art Center and other venues, Sept. 14-Nov. 10, 2002. The theme is "Centre of Attraction," meant to encompass everything from political and social centers to black holes, sources of "enormous gravity . . . with unknown consequences," according to chief organizer Tobias Berger, curator of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel. Some 60 artists are participating, from Franz Ackermann, Rieko Akatsuka and Francis Alÿs to Salla Tykkä, Pae White and Darius Ziüra. For more info, check out the website at www.coa.lt or email info@coa.lt.

BECKMANN AT POMPIDOU CENTER
The Pompidou Center in Paris has opened its fall season with the country's first-ever major show of works by celebrated German Expressionist Max Beckmann, Sept. 12, 2002-Jan. 6, 2003. Organized by Didier Ottinger, "Max Beckmann: A Painter in History" features 100 paintings, 60 works on paper and three sculptures. The show subsequently travels to the Tate Modern in London in February and the Museum of Modern Art in New York in June.

BIG-BUCKS PRIZE FOR BRIT-PACK MUSEUMS
The munificent Gulbenkian Foundation has launched a new £100,000 art prize earmarked for the nation's museums. The first winner of the prize, rewarding "innovative and inspiring ideas" at museums, is due to be announced next May. The scheme was put together by Lady Cobham, chair of the Civic Trust, with funds drawn largely from the Gubelkian but also from arts patron Christopher Ondaatje and other government groups.

NEW CURATORS AT YALE
Laurence B. Kanter, curator of the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been appointed as the first Lionel Goldfrank III curator of early European art at the Yale University Art Gallery, a new post that Kanter will hold while continuing on a part-time basis at the Met. William E. Metcalf, former chief curator of the American Numismatic Society, has been named as the Yale gallery's first curator of coins and medals. Jennifer Gross is now the curator of modern and contemporary art, and John J. Marciari is the curatorial fellow in prints, drawings and photographs at Yale.

PLAQUE FOR NICHOLSON
English Heritage has installed a trademark blue plaque on the West Hampstead home of the pioneering British abstract artist Ben Nicholson (1894-1982). The modest honor, which identifies historic sights throughout London, comes after a long campaign by the London dealer Bernard Jacobson, who represents the Nicholson estate. The Hampstead house served as both home and studio to Nicholson and his daughter Rachel, who has been using the house as her own studio and has recently put it on the market.

LOW GALLERY CLOSES
One of the many energetic new galleries in Los Angeles, Low Gallery, has decided to call it quits after two years in the business. One of Low's founders, Jeffrey Ian Rosen, has taken a new position with Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo.