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Gustave Courbet
La Villageoise 
au Chevreau
1860




the endless 
column 
compiled by 
Walter Robinson
10/14/96
Is pioneering Pop art dealer LEO CASTELLI, 
who recently celebrated his 90th birthday 
(though he says he's only 89)[see Out and 
About], going to close his gallery? 
Insiders say that the answer is yes, that 
by November the famed home of Rauschenberg, 
Johns, etc. will be shuttered. Central to 
the decision is the sale of 600 West 
Broadway--home of Castelli, Sonnabend, 
Charles Cowles--and one vacant floor, 
formerly site of Hirschl & Adler. Leo 
himself recently told the New York Times, 
which had reported that a Japanese company 
wanted to open a department store there, 
that he's not selling. Rumormongers note 
that Cowles has been ready to sell for 
years and that Sonnabend is the hold-out. 
But why move? The group bought the building 
eons ago so their month-to-month facility 
cost is low. And how much could liquidating 
the building--say at a top price of $15 
million--bring per floor? A mere $2 million 
or $3 million? They're all quite well off, 
and could retire any time. Wait for the 
second generation to make the decisions--
Antonio Honem at Sonnabend and Patty and 
Susan Brundage at Castelli.
SoHoites have fond memories of Italian art 
dealer SALVATORE ALA, who reigned over a 
vast and beautiful space at 560 Broadway 
for many seasons, presenting New Yorkers 
with pristine shows of Italian modernists 
like Carla Accardi as well as New York-
based abstractionists like Stephen Ellis. 
He seemed made of money, but the market 
eventually turned, and Ala in turn turned 
to art factors Rosenberg & Rosenberg. When 
Ala couldn't make his payments, his 
inventory was liquidated--with many of his 
works by KEITH HARING, a good handful or 
so, making their way into Tony Shafrazi's 
back room.
The MUSEE GUSTAVE COURBET in Ornans, the 
charming museum set up in the house where 
the great realist was born in 1819, is hard 
at work on a new edition of the Courbet 
catalogue raissoné. Jean-Jacques Fernier, 
head of the museum, was in New York 
recently looking at paintings for inclusion 
in the new catalogue. One was The Bull 
Calf, 1873, held by a New York private collector. 
Another work, Peasant Girl with a Goat 
(1860), which shows the influence of 
Caravaggio in the young woman's 
seductive expression, was bought for the 
museum collection for $400,000. 
Contributions for the acquisition may be 
sent to Fernier at the museum director's 
official address in Paris: 3 Rue le Notre, 
Musée Courbet, Paris 75016. And when you're 
in France, be sure to stop in this lovely 
village and visit the Musée Courbet. If you 
hurry you may catch "Courbet L'Amour..." 
(to Oct. 28, 1996), featuring 50 works on 
this theme.
New York City STREET ARTISTS, exemplified 
in the person of artist ROBERT LEDERMAN, 
have won their fight to be allowed to sell 
their works on the streets of the city 
without a license. The Second Circuit 
Federal Appeals court issued its ruling in 
Lederman v. City of New York on Oct. 11, 
1996. The ruling noted that the marketing of 
art work on the street "is in fact a part 
of the message" of the art, and that street 
display "reaches people who might not chose 
to go into a gallery or museum or who might 
feel excluded or alienated from these 
forms." The city requirement that artists 
be licensed to sell their work "constitutes 
an unconstitutional infringement of their 
First Amendment rights," the court ruled, 
also noting that the city had failed to 
demonstrate that art displays on city 
streets inhibited the need to ensure street 
safety and the lack of congestion. Over 350 
artists had been arrested since 1993 for 
selling their works on city streets.
VIRTUAL CULTURE, a symposium sponsored by 
ECHONYC at P.S. 122 (150 First Ave. at 9th 
St.) kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 20. 
Admission is free so arrive early. Theme is 
"Sexuality and Cyberspace: The Politics of 
the Digital Body," and is co-sponsored by 
Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist 
Theory. Sounds juicy. For more info, (212) 
292-0900.
The HOBOKEN 1996 ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR is 
Sunday Oct. 20 from noon to 6 p.m. It 
features over 100 participating artists! 
For maps and info, call (201) 600-2207.
EUROPEAN ART FORUM BERLIN is a new art fair 
organized by the Messe Berlin and 120 
leading galleries, Oct. 30-Nov. 11, 1996. 
Did CHICAGO contribute to the visual arts? 
This is the question asked by the city's 
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART in "Art in 
Chicago, 1945-1995," Nov. 16, 1996-Mar. 23, 
1997, a show billed as "the first 
exhibition to offer a comprehensive, 
historical survey of art made and collected 
in Chicago since World War II. The show, 
organized by curator Lynne Warren, features 
more than 200 works made by 150 artists, 
including Moholy-Nagy, Leon Golub, Harry 
Callahan, Ivan Albright, H.C. Westermann, 
Nancy Spero, Roger Brown, Ed Paschke, 
Gladys Nilsson, Rober Heinecken, Martin 
Puryear, Kay Rosen, Jeanne Dunning and 
Kerry James Marshall. The show is sponsored 
by our favorite purveyor of tobacco 
products, Philip Morris.
ART DAILY has launched as the first "art news" source 
on the net. A good idea, Art Daily compiles 
art stories from various news agencies and 
puts them up in an attractive newspaper 
format. Of course for continued inside 
information on art-world doings you will be 
coming here, to the Endless Column.
The UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM and PACIFIC FILM 
ARCHIVE at U.Cal.Berkeley has added 
"Berkeley" to its name at the 
behest of an anonymous civic booster 
who gave a $5-million matching grant to the 
museum's endowment drive if it would name 
itself after the city. The museum, whose 
programming has been among the most 
adventurous in the country in recent years, 
will now be known as the University of 
California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific 
Film Archive.
The BROOKLYN MUSEUM unveils its reinstalled 
Chinese Galleries on Nov. 7, 1996, with 
"The Arts of China," featuring some 120 
works. Check out the museum Web site.
The FOGG ART MUSEUM opens its reinstalled 
Renaissance galleries on Nov. 1, 1996, 
featuring works from one of the foremost 
collections of early Italian Renaissance 
paintings in North America--Fra Angelico, 
Taddeo Gaddi, Fra Filippo Lippi, 
Botticelli. "Investigating the 
Renaissance," organized by Fogg curator 
Ivan Gaskell and intern Stephan Wolohojian, 
occupies three new exhibition galleries in 
space that had served as temporary offices. 
The SAN FRANCISCO MOMA has changed its 
schedule and is now the only museum in the 
Bay Area open on MONDAY. It's closed 
Wednesday, just like the MOMA in New York.
American expatriate painter and British 
resident R.B. KITAJ has received the award 
as commander in the Order of Arts and 
Letters.
Reuters reports that Ding Guangen, a 
Chinese Communist Party Central Committe 
propaganda chief, has called on his 
nation's artists to produce MORE GOOD ART. 
The new drive calls for the creation of one 
good book, one good opera, one good film, 
one good television drama and one or more 
good articles each year, according to the 
Xinhua news agency. 
RIO DE JANEIRO has a new CONTEMPORARY ART 
MUSEUM, designed by architect Oscar 
Niemeyer in the town of Niteroi. The $5.3-
million facility features the 1,000-piece 
collection of Joao Sattamini.
They're restoring the BERLIN WALL MURALS, a 
mosaic of works by over 100 artists 
painting in 1990 on a 1.6-km-long section 
of the wall. Artist Kani Alavi is leading 
the international team who has undertaken 
the job without funding from the city, and 
in opposition to many local politicians who 
want to tear the wall down.
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