ARTNET TO COVER ART FORUM BERLIN
For the next week, the ArtNet team descends upon the first modern and contemporary art fair of the European season, Art Forum Berlin , Oct. 1-4, 1998, held at the Messe Berlin exposition center. Watch ArtNet Magazine for close daily coverage of the goings-on at the fair. With some 145 exhibitors from 22 countries, it should be a fount of info about new art and the art market. Among the New York galleries in attendance are Marian Goodman, Monique Knowlton, Anton Kern, Lombard Freid, Bill Maynes and XL.
SÃO PAULO BIENAL
The XXXIV São Paulo Bienal opens Oct. 4-Dec. 13, 1998, in São Paulo, Brazil. Sculptor Judy Pfaff represents the U.S. with an installation organized by independent curator Miranda McClintic. Pfaff has spent the past six weeks in Brazil building a large-scale environmental landscape that measures 40 feet high, 150 feet long and 20 feet deep, and refers to the tapestry of leaves visible through the glass-wall grid of architect Oscar Niemeyer's modernist Bienal pavilion.
Bienal chief curator Paulo Herkenhoff and adjunct curator Adriano Pedrosa have divided the Bienal into three sections under a general theme of "épaisseur," or "density." The "Nucleo Historico" segment is organized around the theme of "antropofagia," or cannibalism (!). It includes sections on Louise Bourgeois and Bruce Nauman curated by Robert Storr and Eva Hesse and Robert Smithson curated by Mary Jane Jacob, as well as exhibitions organized by a roster of other international curators.
The second section is titled "Roteiros. Roteiros. Roteiros. Roteiros. Roteiros. Roteiros. Roteiros." and will feature about 50 contemporary artists from around the world selected by seven curators. The third section is the national entries.
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ART EXPOSITION
The first San Francisco International Art Exposition, organized by Thomas Blackman Associates (producers of the six-year-old Art Chicago fair) opens Oct. 2-4, 1998, at the historic Fort Mason Center. 100 galleries from 12 countries are exhibiting, including New York galleries Cheim & Read, James Goodman, Barbara Mathes, Perry Rubenstein, Susan Sheehan, Sonnabend and David Zwirner. General admission is $10; children under 12 are admitted free.
FIAC IN PARIS
As long as we're thinking about art fairs, the 25th International Contemporary Art Fair of Paris, otherwise known as FIAC, opens Oct. 7-12, 1998, at the Espace Eiffel-Branly near the Eiffel Tower. Among the 138 galleries (66 from France, 16 from Austria, which is the honored country of this year's edition) are 25 especially contemporary ones in the "Perspectives" section, including CRG from New York. Other U.S. galleries include Ramis Barquet, Timothy Baum, Nohra Haime, Marlborough, Anthony Meier and Susan Sheehan.
WHITNEY SNAGS $6 MILLION FROM INTEL
The Whitney Museum has received $6 million from the Intel Corporation to fund "The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000," a massive, nine-month-long show of 1,400 works planned to open on Apr. 22, 1999. The exhibition is to include a high-end website as well as an on-site computer room. The $6-million gift is perhaps the largest ever for a single show, and certainly the first big-league donation received by the Whitney in recent memory. Isn't it interesting that it came a month after director David Ross left the museum and was replaced by wire-head Maxwell Anderson?
GHOST RANCH TO O'KEEFFE MUSEUM
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe has gotten the artist's Ghost Ranch for use as an O'Keeffe study center. Board chair Anne W. Marion announced that the Burnett Foundation of Fort Worth had bought the house for $300,000, with an additional $350,000 going to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in exchange for its option to buy the profit. The house was inherited by sculptor Juan Hamilton from O'Keeffe in 1987.
CHRISTIE'S GOES CONTEMPORARY IN L.A. Christie's Los Angeles is holding its first auction of "20th century and contemporary art, including prints and multiples," on Oct. 14, 1998. The more than 200 items range from Arp and Picasso to Warhol and Ruscha. Among the top lots are a Chagall estimated at $500,000-$700,000 and Elmer Bischoff's Woman with Yellow Flowers, estimated at $80,000-$100,000. The presale exhibition is at the Murray Feldman Gallery at the Pacific Design Center, Oct. 10-14.
WILLIAM SIDNEY MOUNT SYMPOSIUM
The New-York Historical Society in New York is hosting a symposium on William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), the American genre painter who is the subject of its current exhibition, on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 12:30-4:00 p.m. Among the speakers are exhibition curator Deborah J. Johnson, National Gallery curator Franklin Kelly and art historian William H. Gerdts. Admission is $10.
BANKOWSKY OUT AS BOOKFORUM EDITOR Artforum editor Jack Bankowsky is relinquishing his role as editor of the magazine's quarterly Bookforum, which was launched to cover the growing art-book field a couple of years ago. His successor is longtime Bookforum contributor Andrew Hultkrans.
NGA STUDY APPOINTMENTS
The National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts has named Ilene Forsyth as Samuel H. Kress professor for 1998-99 and Malcolm Bell III as Andrew W. Mellon professor for 1998-2000.
ROTHKO CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ
The National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press have published the definitive catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Mark Rothko. Encompassing more than 800 works, the catalogue has been written by David Anfam and supported in part by the Rothko Foundation and the Dedalus Foundation (set up by the late Ab-Ex painter Robert Motherwell). The book is $125, and can be ordered from the National Gallery by phone using a credit card by calling (301) 322-5900 or (800) 697-9350.
MET COSTUME GALA
The premiere party of New York's fall season is the Metropolitan Museum's 1998 Costume Institute benefit, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. The theme of the gala dinner dance, on Dec. 7, is "Cubism and fashion." It is co-chaired by the designer Miuccia Prada, collector and Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo founder Paula Cussi and Sephora creative ambassador Pia Getty. The exhibition, "Cubism and Fashion," opens on Dec. 10 and features designs by Madeleine Vionnet, Callot Soeurs and Gabrielle Chanel, among others. Dinner tickets are $2,000 per person; dance tickets are $200 per person in advance or $300 at the door. For ticket information call Kristin MacDonald at (212) 570-3948.
1998 ALDRICH AWARDS
Environmental artist Ann Hamilton has won the $25,000 Larry Aldrich Foundation Award for 1998. Paul Henry Ramirez has won the $3,000 emerging artist award. The prizes are sponsored by the Aldrich Museum of Cotemporary Art in Ridgefield, Conn.