MOCA ROLLS OUT RED CARPET FOR WARHOL
It's been in Berlin, it's been in London, and now "Andy Warhol Retrospective" makes its only North American stop at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, May 25-Aug. 18, 2002. With some 260 works -- about 150 paintings -- the show sprawls through the entire 25,000 square feet of MOCA's California Plaza facility. Exhibition curator Heiner Bastian promises "a European view of an American artist," an "Andy Warhol we never knew." The MOCA Warhol show is sponsored by Merrill Lynch, comes with a deluxe 320-page catalogue ($44.95) and requires timed tickets -- $12 for weekdays, $17 for weekends.
MOCA has teamed up with the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau for a series of major promotions. For instance, American Express cardmembers who book rooms at any of ten top L.A. hotels (from the Fairmont Miramar to the Wilshire Grand) receive two VIP tickets to the exhibition -- that's front-of-the-line admission -- plus a show catalogue. The visitors bureau has devised other promos as well, including "Marilyn Monroe's L.A.," a list of 12 major sites where the "home-town girl" was born (L.A. County/USC Medical Center), met Joe DiMaggio (Rainbow Bar & Grill) and was buried (Westwood Memorial Park).
PIES FOR PASSERSBY
Conceptual artist Anissa Mack is embracing all that is good about America -- for her next art project, she's baking apple pies and giving them away to anyone who wants one. Under the auspices of the Public Art Fund, Mack is setting up a "country cottage, complete with an oven," outside the Brooklyn Public Library, May 17-June 23, 2002, and will be making pies from scratch and sharing them with the public. "Bringing nostalgia and rural Americana to a contemporary urban setting," says the sponsors, "Pies for a Passerby is art that stimulates all the senses." For more info, and a baking schedule, see www.publicartfund.org.
AZTECS IN LONDON
The Royal Academy of Arts in London is hosting "Aztecs," the most comprehensive survey of Aztec culture ever mounted, Nov. 16, 2002-Apr. 11, 2003. Mounted in collaboration with the Mexican National Council of Culture and the Arts (INAH) and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (CONACULTA), the show includes over 350 objects, the majority dating from 1325, when the Aztecs settled at Tenochtitlan, to the demise of the Aztec Empire in 1521, following the arrival of the Spanish in 1519. One gallery is to be devoted to the Templo Mayor, the center of the Aztec world; others are to feature Aztec codices, the largest number ever to be displayed together. The show also includes a computer-generated "virtual reality" display of the Great Temple, and a special website at www.aztecs.org.uk. Curators are Eduardo Matos Moctezuma (INAH), Felipe Solís Olguín (director, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City), Norman Rosenthal and Isabel Carlisle (RA) and independent curator Adrian Locke. Full price admission is £10; 10 percent of admission revenues goes to Mexican heritage authorities for preservation activities.
TENNANT RESIGNS AS RA FUNDRAISING CHIEF
The U.S. government was unable to extradite former Christie's head Anthony Tennant from England, but the auction price-fixing scandal seems to have caught up with him all the same. The 71-year-old British lord has resigned as chairman of the Royal Academy Trust, which raises funds for the academy, reportedly after complaints by academicians about his role in the scandal. Tennant had no comment.
HINDMAN LAUNCHES CHICAGO FAIR
Chicago antiques auctioneer and HGTV personality (and former Eppraisals.com head) Leslie Hindman is planning to launch a new antiques fair in Chicago next year, located at the Navy Pier rotunda and timed to coincide with Art Chicago, May 9-14, 2003. "Why is there no great antique show in Chicago?" asked Hindman, who said she expects to have 65-70 dealers in a fair much like the Winter Antiques Show in New York. Hindman is partnering with Sandra Hindman (no relation) of Les Enluminures for the venture. Hindman is also reported to be taking gallery space and considering plans to conduct several estate auctions a year, but "let's not get ahead of ourselves," she said, demurring on details.
JACK GOLDSTEIN AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM
The Whitney Museum presents "Jack Goldstein: Films and Performance," June 27-Sept. 22, 2002, a retrospective of short films from the 1970s by the pivotal "Picture Theory" artist, whose work is currently the subject of a retrospective on view at Le Magazine in Grenoble, France. The Whitney presentation, organized by curator Chrissie Iles, includes a recreation of a performance, Two Boxers (1979), on June 26 at the Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts on the Lower East Side, followed by a conversation between Goldstein and Artforum editor Jack Bankowsky. The exhibition represents a "coming home" of sorts for Goldstein, who mysteriously dropped out a sight during the 1990s, presumably lost to drug addiction.
ICP INFINITY AWARDS
The International Center of Photography has announced the winners of its 18th Annual Infinity Awards, which are to be presented at a special gala dinner in New York on May 16. The Cornell Capa Award goes to the organizers of "Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs," the open collection of photographs of the events of 9/11. The Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award goes posthumously to Michael Hoffman, the late executive director of Aperture. Additional awards go to Lynsey Addario (young photographer), Kiosk: A History of Photojournalism by Robert Lebeck and Bodo von Dewitz (publication), Ariella Azoulay (writing), Shirin Neshat (art), Tyler Hicks (photojournalism) and RJ Muna (applied photography). The New York Times "Portraits of Grief" project receives a special recognition award.
KARMEL GIVES AICA LECTURE
New York University professor and co-curator of the Museum of Modern Art's "Jackson Pollock" retrospective Pepe Karmel gives the International Association of Art Critics Clement Greenberg Memorial Lecture at the New York Studio School on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. Subject of the talk is "Sincere and Ironic Abstraction."
MARIANA YAMPOLSKY, 1926-2002 Mariana Yampolsky, 76, Mexican photographer who gained renown for her pictures of the country's native peoples, died of cancer in Mexico City on May 3. She also was active as a graphic artist, making illustrations for newspapers and designing books, and organized the exhibition, "Memoria del Tiempo," which traveled to several cities between 1989 and '92. She had a major retrospective at the Cento de la Imagen in Mexico City in 1998.