NO ART MALL, SAYS SOTHEBY'S Sotheby's New York won't be opening an enclosed art mall with antique shops and art galleries as part of its proposed expansion on top of its current facility at 72nd and York Avenue, according to Sotheby's managing director William Ruprecht. "Nor do we plan on telling Andre Emmerich Gallery and Deitch Projects [both owned by Sotheby's] to move here," added Ruprecht in a recent letter to the New York Observer. The clarification was made after a front-page story by Observer Art Diarist Jeffrey Hogrefe, apparently based on an interview with Sotheby's chief Alfred Taubman, had reported as much, to the dismay of the local community board and the city planning department.
SALLE REPLACES ROSENQUIST
Cleveland real-estate developer Richard Jacobs paid $400,000 to have David Salle create a 10 x 86 foot mural for Cleveland's Key Tower to replace James Rosenquist's F-111, sold to the Museum of Modern Art for a reported $5 million in 1996. The Salle work, called Songs for Sale, was quietly installed last December in the Key Tower lobby. Both deals were brokered by Jeffrey Deitch, according to the ARTnewsletter.
PRINTS AT AUCTION
The usual suspects -- Johns, Warhol, Hockney, Chagall, Picasso -- scored big at the New York print auctions. Some quick results:
Christie's print sales on Apr. 27 and 28 totaled $5.6 million with 538 of 606 lots offered sold, an impressive 92 percent by lot. Top lot was a set of 13 lithos by Marc Chagall, Four Tales from the Arabian Nights (1948), which sold for $486,500 (est. $400,000-$600,000). Other high prices were garnered by a 1939 acquatint by Pablo Picasso, La Femme au tambourin, which sold for $376,500 (est. $200,000-$250,000); a 1967 set of 10 screenprints by Andy Warhol of Marilyn Monroe that sold for $233,500 (est. $150,000-$200,000); Ale Cans (1964) by Jasper Johns, selling for $101,500 (est. $80,000-$120,000); and the pseudo-Cubist An Image of Celia (1986) by David Hockney that went for $74,000 (est. $50,000-$70,000).
Sotheby's Old Master, 19th- and 20th-century print sales on Apr. 30 and May 1 totaled $5,756,147 for 498 lots sold of 705 offered, 71 percent by lot. Top price of $332,500 was paid for Das Kranke Madchen by Edvard Munch (est. $100,000-$150,000). Other high prices included $321,500 (est. $220,000-$280,000) for La Femme au tamborin by Picasso (see above) and $96,000 for Woolworth Building (The Dance) by John Marin (est. $30,000-$50,000).
Sotheby's held a separate sale for contemporary prints on May 2, totaling $2,753,774 on 344 lots sold of 389 offered, or 88 percent. Top price of $167,500 (est. $100,000-$120,000) was paid for Flags I by Jasper Johns. Other big numbers were $90,500 for An Image of Celia by David Hockney (est. $50,000-$70,000) and $70,700 for Flowers by Andy Warhol (est. $50,000-$70,000).
BONNARDS PULLED FROM MOMA SHOW
Two paintings of female nudes by Pierre Bonnard have been pulled by their lenders from the retrospective opening at Museum of Modern Art on June 21. According to the New York Times, at least one of the owners, who remains unidentified by the museum but who lives in Liechtenstein, fears that his work could be seized. This development follows the recent seizure of two paintings by Egon Schiele from another show at MoMA by New York City district attorney Robert Morgenthau. Title to the Schiele works, which are owned by the Leopold Foundation in Vienna but are still held at MoMA, is now clouded by charges of Nazi plundering during World War II.
MUGSHOTS AT GREY
Contemporary art has become so depraved that police pictures of O.J.'s bloody footprints have entered the art museum. So get out of the house and go see "Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence," featuring over 150 photos assembled primarily from police, prison and newspaper archives, at NYU's Grey Art Gallery, May 21-July 18, 1998. The show originated at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Ever wondered what art critics do all day? Now's your chance to find out, with "Transmissions," a show of hour-long, unedited videotapes of critics and curators at work. It opens at Exit Art in New York, May 9-July 11, 1998. Among the participants are critics Bill Arning, Christian Haye, Dominique Nahas, Jerry Saltz, Mary Anne Staniszewski and Octavio Zaya. The curators include a bunch of small fry plus Barbara London, Patterson Sims and Robert Storr (MoMA), Richard Flood (Walker Art Center), Adam Weinberg (Whitney Museum) and Lynn Zelevansky (LACMA). Sounds promising but it can't be all that good. No ArtNet-ers.
It had to happen -- art via Automatic Teller Machine. From May 5-29, artist Jerelyn Hanrahan installs her customized ATM at 55 Broad Street in downtown New York, where visitors can insert a dollar-sized artwork on paper into the ATM card slot and receive in return a dollar-sized artwork out of the cash slot. Sort of like potlatch. Art supplies are provided. The work, called "Gesture as Value," was first shown in Europe; its U.S. premiere is sponsored by Creative Time in cooperation with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Thundergulch.
A three-hour program of poetry and music in tribute to Allen Ginsberg is planned for 7 p.m. on May 14 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The event features Amiri Baraka, Patti Smith, the Fugs, Philip Glass, Natalie Merchant, Anne Waldman, David Dellinger, Ed Sanders and many more.
The 1998 awards of the Coutts Contemporary Art Foundation, established by the Coutts Bank in Zurich, Switzerland, have been awarded to Stan Douglas, Marlene Dumas and Edward Ruscha. The honor carries a cash prize of about $100,500.
WHITEREAD ON THE ROOF
British sculpture phenom Rachel Whiteread unveils her Water Tower, a translucent resin cast of a water tower installed on a roof at West Broadway and Grand Street on June 5. The work is sponsored by the Public Art Fund.
PREDOCK TO DO TACOMA
Architect Antoine Predock has been selected to design a new building for the Tacoma (Wash.) Art Museum. The museum plans a 50,000-square-foot facility that should be completed in summer 2001. Predock has previously designed museums in Tempe, Ariz., and at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
FOR JOBS LIKE THIS....
According to New York Post political columnist Fredric Dicker, cosmetics megamillionaire Ronald Lauder paid $80,000 in consultant fees in 1997 to Libby Pataki, wife of New York Gov. George Pataki. The governor's spokesperson was "tight-lipped" about what was done to earn the fees, Dicker said. Lauder is president of the Museum of Modern Art, which recently announced a $680 million expansion project.