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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. MORE...