DEGAS AS PAPARAZZO?
Does it have an angle, the news editor asks? When it comes to Princess Diana and the paparazzi controversy, the answer is yes, according to New York Times chief art critic Michael Kimmelman. In a Sept. 8 story, Kimmelman claims that the first "unposed image of a notable person" is found in Place de la Concorde (1875) by Edgar Degas, which shows the Vicomte Ludovic Lepic going out of the picture one way and his two daughters heading off in the other. Now, can someone figure out how much museum attendance dropped on Saturday, as the hordes stayed home to watch the royal funeral?
The Dedalus Foundation, established by the will of the late painter Robert Motherwell, has announced a program of grants for art historians, critics and curators. The one-year grants vary in amount, up to $25,000. For application contact the Dedalus Foundation, 555 WE. 57th St., Suite 12222, New York, N.Y. 10019.
ART CHICAGO CHOOSERS
The 17-member art-dealer selection committee for Art 1998 Chicago has been announced by Thomas Blackman Associates, which produces the fair. Returning selectors are Shashi Caudill (Chicago), Jennifer Flay (Paris), Paul Gray
(Chicago), David Juda (London), Max Protetch (New York), Stuart Regen(Los Angeles) and Donald Young (Seattle). New judges are Jean Bernier (Athens), Maxwell Davidson (New York), Hélène de Franchis (Verona), Barbara Krakow (Boston),Jack Lemon (Chicago), Diana Lowenstein (Buenos Aires),Glen McMillan (New York), Claes Nordenhake (Stockholm), Alejandro Sales (Barcelona) and (London).
British sculptor Anthony Caro has joined Marlborough Gallery (formerly he exhibited in the U.S. with Emmerich; in London he continues to show with Annely Juda). Look for his work (along with that of Magdalena Abakanowicz and
Louise Bourgeois) in Marlborough's inaugural show in its new Chelsea branch, Marlborough Chelsea, opening Sept. 18, 1997, at 211 West 19th Street. Also at the Chelsea branch is Marlborough's International Public Art, Ltd., formed last fall under the direction of Dale Lanzone, who art-worlders will remember for his many years as director of the percent-for-art program at the federal government's General Services Administration.
TIFFANY IN QUEENS
The Queens Museum is unveiling a new gallery for over 20 Tiffany lamps and other objects on Sept. 10, 1997. The works come from the collection of the late Egon and Hildegard Neustadt. Louis Comfort Tiffany operated his factory in Corona, Queens, from 1893 to 1938.
NAZI ART LOOT TARGETED Museum of Modern Art chairman Ronald Lauder is to head up a new committee that will investigate new reports of Nazi art loot in French museums and elsewhere. The commission is organized by the World Jewish Restitution Organization, which has overseen the return of unclaimed Holocaust-era accounts in Swiss banks. Over 2,000 works of art stolen by the Nazis now hang in French museums, according to a WJRO spokesman.
On Aug. 3, a gang of thieves broke into the Antwerp Fine Arts Museum through a window and cut from its frame the museum's only van Gogh, an $800,000 oil-on-paper sketch titled The Potato Picker."You cannot sell the van Gogh on the open market," curator Eric Vandamme told Reuters. "It is destined to be hidden away in the safe of some collector."
HAWKINS BOOK Alfred A. Knopf will publish a study of self-taught artist William L. Hawkins (1895-1990), penned by Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco to coincide with a retrospective of Hawkins paintings at the Museum of American Folk Art, opening Oct. 4, 1997, and a show at Ricco/Maresca Gallery's new Chelsea location, opening Oct. 9, 1997, at 529 W. 20th St.
New address of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, effective Oct. 1, 1997, is 863 Park Avenue (at 77th Street), New York, N.Y. 10021. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.pkf.org.
ALDO ROSSI, 1931-1997
Italian architect Aldo Rossi, 66, known for powerfully simple designs that used cones, cylinders and squares, died on Sept. 4 in Milan as a result of injuries received in an auto accident a week earlier. His only U.S. building is a Disney office complex in Celebration, Fla., though
construction is slated to begin next summer on a 10-story Scholastic Publishing building on Mercer Street in SoHo. Rossi won the Pritzker Prize in 1990.