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Cover of Chelsea
Artwalk catalogue,
sponsored by Tag

A map of 
Fort Worth.

Karen Lefkowitz's 
announcement card.

Jim and Elaine Mason 
at work on their 
topiary Atalanta.

Vincent Desiderio and 
a lady from the 
Monaco embassy.

An official 
White House photo.

Kim Benabib's 
new novel, 
with jacket photo 
by Ken Schles.

The Picture 
This theater.


by Thomas Loeser
will be on display
at the Peter Joseph
Gallery booth
 at SOFA Chicago. 

the endless 
compiled by 
Walter Robinson
Time to get back to work! It was a lovely 
summer, wasn't it? Did someone say nothing 
happened? Here, your devoted newshound 
presents a brief look back at a few things 
he failed to get around to writing up at 
the time. 
Put on your walking boots and head for the 
showcase its redesigned "2000 Series" 
sports watch. We happen to know that among 
the ArtNet Magazine family, both editor 
Walter Robinson and "The Acquisition" 
serial novelist Frank Bernarducci both wear 
Tag Heuer watches. But back to the walk, 
which is scheduled for Sept. 25-29, 1996. 
The impressive list of participants is an 
index to the arrival of Manhattan's new 
Chelsea art district (wasn't it you who 
said it would never happen?): Dia Center; 
Arnulf Rainer Museum; Paula Cooper; Jessica 
Fredericks; Barbara Gladstone; Greene 
Naftali; Pat Hearn; ICE; Linda Kirkland; 
Matthew Marks; Metro Pictures; Morris 
Healy; Annina Nosei; Perry Rubenstein; 
Sandro Chia; Jim Hodges; Louise Fishman; 
James Nares; Tim Rollins; Mark Sheinkman. 
For more info go to the Dia Center site 
The artwalk was coordinated by WINSTON 
WACHTER FINE ART, which is not in Chelsea 
at all but up at 111 E. 65th St., #2B. Go 
up there too and see the refreshing 
landscapes--they're actually paintings of 
wooded streams and small waterfalls and 
rushes done in a style that's sort of a 
cross between Marsden Hartley and Georgia 
O'Keeffe--by JAN ARONSON (on view Sept. 11-
Oct. 12, 1996). 
FOR THE RECORD, as they say. Who could fail 
to take special note of the report in the 
New York Times of the $707 dinner Adelphi 
President Peter Diamandopoulos and art 
critic and Adelphi trustee HILTON KRAMER 
shared at the fancy Links club in 
Manhattan--charged to big D's university 
expense account--not long after the scandal 
broke involving Diamandopoulos's $523,000 
salary, the second highest among college 
presidents in the nation. According to the 
report, $552 of the tab went for a 1983 
Chaval wine and Martel cognac. Now that's 
what we call "trusteeship"!
announced plans to move to a 10.96-acre 
parcel across the street from the Kimbell 
Art Museum. Currently the site is occupied 
by the Parkview Apartments, whose tenants 
are being relocated.
York awarded $25,000 grants to 10 women 
artists over 30 years of age in the first 
round of grants in a new program 
established in response to the elimination 
of fellowships by the National Endowment 
for the Arts. Winners are New Haven 
installation artist Rachel Berwick, 
California video artist Gina Lamb, Ohio 
installation artist Claudia Matzko, Santa 
Monica painter Robin Mitchell, New York 
sculptor Jeanne Silverthorne, Boston 
photographer Shellburne Thurber, 
Washington, D.C., photographer Deborah 
Willis, New York film and video artist Lucy 
Winer, New York sculptor Lynne Yamamoto and 
California installation artist Kim Yasuda. 
info contact program administrator Lauren 
Katzowitz, 130 E. 59th Street, NY, NY 10022 
(phone 212-836-1358).
One of ArtNet's favorite art dealers, Achim 
Moeller, has a new address. For 19th & 
20th-century French, European and American 
masters, German Expressionism and the 
Bauhaus and the Lyonel Feininger Archives, 
go--by appointment--to ACHIM MOELLER FINE 
ART, 167 E. 73rd Street, NY, NY 10021 
(phone 212-988-8483, fax 212-988-8600).
DIANE WALDMAN will retire as deputy 
director and senior curator at the 
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM after she finishes the 
Ellsworth Kelly retrospective in December. 
She's been at the Gugg for 31 years and has 
organized more than 30 shows there, from 
Joseph Cornell (1967) and Adolph Gottlieb 
(1968) to Jenny Holzer (1989) and Georg 
Baselitz (1995).
But the GUGGENHEIM has added two new 
curators of 20th-century art to its staff: 
NYU art historian ROBERT ROSENBLUM and 
National Gallery curator MARK ROSENTHAL.
ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG, curator at the Walker 
Art Center in Minneapolis since 1989, has 
been named senior curator at the Museum of 
Contemporary Art, San Diego. 
EDGAR PETERS BOWRON, senior curator of 
paintings at the National Gallery in 
Washington, D.C., since 1991, has been 
selected as curator of European painting 
and sculpture at the Houston Museum of Fine 
PETER TAUB, executive director of Randolph 
Street Gallery, has been named director of 
performance programs at the Chicago Museum 
of Contemporary Art, a new post.
Philadelphia artist KAREN LEFKOVITZ 
installed a work she called Public Spaces 
in the window of the Afterwords bookstore 
on South 12th Street in Philadelphia, June 
17-29, 1996. It consisted of what were 
termed "found used condoms." 
The H.J. HEINZ CO. has given $450,000 to 
the National Endowment for the Arts for 
children's arts programs in July. 
Pollyannas heralded the gift as welcome 
help for the cash-strapped arts agency. 
Small arts groups grumped that now, instead 
of getting grants from NEA, they'd have to 
compete with it for private-sector funding.
Eight museums, including the Metropolitan, 
the Smithsonian and the Boston MFA, have 
teamed up with cable schlockmeister QVC to 
launch a series of shows dedicated to 
selling museum gift-shop merchandise. They 
did it with Cezanne at the PHILADELPHIA 
MUSEUM, and sold out in one evening six of 
16 items offered, including the show 
catalogue, said museum marketing chief 
Sandra Horrocks in the New York Times 
advertising column. 
The ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO in Toronto went 
online this summer with a new Web site at Check it out, but come back 
and finish your reading.
The DIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS has put up on 
the Web a work by SUSAN HILLER called Dream 
Screens at

Hiller was so dismayed with the endless 
Tower of Babel that is cyberspace that she 
crafted a piece that gives you a Minimalist 
monochrome wherever you click. It's 
actually rather nice. There's also a 
soundtrack with dreamy sounds and 
scenarios, for those of you who have 
speakers on your computer. 
San Francisco's YERBA BUENA art and culture 
district can now be toured in cyberspace, 
thanks to Haukom Associates. Over 30 
museums and galleries, plus 10 restaurants, 
can be visited from the comfort of your 
desk at
The quarterly journal TALKBACK!, edited by 
Robert Atkins, has posted its second issue 
at It 
includes an article on Stelarc, discussion 
of the pros and cons of online anonymity, 
art works by Les Levine, Lowell Darling and 
Robbie Conal, and more. 
Los Angeles, directed by Patrick Moore, has 
moved to 8581 Santa Monica Blvd., #400, 
West Hollywood, Calif. 90069 (phone 310-
652-1282; fax 310-652-0769). Or visit their 
Web site at
Eastman Kodak commissioned topiary artists 
JIM and ELAINE MASON to create a topiary 
garden of 11 figures, including a 12-foot-
tall ivy-covered frame shaped like 
ATALANTA, on the lawn of the Hotel Nikko 
Atlanta in connection with this summer's 
Olympic games. "The picture garden is an 
irresistible photo opportunity," said Rich 
Diggelmann, Kodak Regional Director, 
Olympic Programs, way back in May when we 
first received this fascinating news 
VINCENT DISIDERIO is the first American 
artist to have won the prestigious 
International Prize of Contemporary Art 
from the Prince Pierre Foundation in Monaco 
(Pierre was Prince Rainier III's dad). The 
prize is worth 100,000 French francs, about 
The HOTEL DORSET at 30 W. 54th Street 
closed on July 25, the first step in its 
transformation to new galleries and offices 
for the nearby MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, which 
bought the hotel and two other buildings 
for $50 million.
The Anderson Collection of Graphic Arts, a 
collection of contemporary 655 prints 
formed by Hunk and Moo Anderson and their 
daughter, Putter Pence, was donated to the 
KAREN FINLEY is still making censorship 
news. Town officials of Provincetown, Mass. 
(called "North Village" for its influx of 
hip summer residents, presumably from New 
York's East Village), tried to censor her 
Aug. 17 Town Hall performance as an "Adults 
Only" affair. The ACLU rattled its legal 
sabers and the town backed off. No reports 
on details of the actual performance.
The ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM has sued the 
WHITNEY MUSEUM for $2.5 million for the 
1993 incident in which a 21-year-old 
security guard wrote "I love you Tushee, 
Love, Buns" in felt-tip marker on a 1962 
ROY LICHTENSTEIN painting worth $2-million. 
The work was restored for $6,500 but the 
museum says its value has dropped. The 
former guard, Reginald Walker of Brooklyn, 
is also being sued for $1.5 million. They 
should all be ashamed, picking on a poor 
working guy like that.
Lenore Annenberg, chair of the FRIENDS OF 
celebrating its 10th anniversary, presented 
a leather-bound first edition of The 
Friends of Art and Preservation in 
Embassies Tenth Anniversary to President 
Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham 
Clinton on July 17, 1996 (see photo). In 10 
years the Friends has placed over 3,000 
works of American art in nearly 200 
personnel agency that places you out-of-
work art-worlders at museum and university 
jobs. It's run by Gayle A. Brandel, 
Virginia H. Strull and Geri Thomas. Contact 
them at 515 Madison Ave., Suite 505, NY, NY 
10022 (phone 212-546-9091, fax 212-546-
9094, e-mail and tell us 
if they find you any work.
Kids of Survival: The Art & Life of TIM 
ROLLINS + K.O.S., a film by Dan Geller and 
Dayna Goldfine, opened in New York for an 
exceptionally brief run, Sept. 6-12, at the 
Cinema Village on East 12th Street. The 
L.A. Weekly called it "No less inspiring a 
film than Hoop Dreams!"
Or this summer you could have picked up a 
copy of Ken Benabib's art-world novel, 
Obscene Bodies, published by HarperCollins 
for $22. It's the story of a junior 
curator, an auction-house assistant and a 
murderous artist. It would have been a good 
read for the beach!
German megacollector and chocolate-meister 
PETER LUDWIG died on July 22 at 71. Over a 
long and controversial life, one thing he 
liked was bandying his name about: he gave 
his name to museums in Vienna (1979), 
Oberhausen (1983), Cologne (1986), Basel 
(1988), Aachen (1991) and Moscow (1995), to 
name only a few.
Plus we offer a few things that are 
RELATIVELY CURRENT. For instance, the 
Donald Judd estate (the magnificent 
Minimalist died on Feb. 12, 1994, of 
lymphoma at age 65), recently established 
the JUDD FOUNDATION to manage the artist's 
various real-estate properties, many of 
which are full of art. These include a 
cast-iron loft building in SoHo, eight 
buildings in Marfa, Texas (among them 
Judd's own residence, his studio, a former 
hotel that will house a complete 
installation of his prints, and a former 
bank building installed with his furniture 
and art), and two ranches with three ranch 
houses in the Chinati mountain range. The 
Judd Foundation is not to be confused with 
the CHINATI FOUNDATION, which operates the 
giant museum Judd established on a former 
army base in Marfa. The Chinati's open 
house this year is scheduled for Oct. 12-
13; if you haven't made your motel 
reservations by now you may have to camp 
benefit show called "Artists for Freedom of 
Expression: Campaign `96," billed as an 
urgent fund-raising drive to support 
candidates and organizations who support 
the arts (see our ARTIST-VOTER DIARY by 
Larry Litt). Among the 25+ artists who have 
donated print editions for the project are 
Ida Applebroog, Nancy Chunn, Chuck Close, 
Peter Halley, Ellsworth Kelly, Bruce Nauman 
and Carrie Mae Weems. The show's up Sept. 
5-21. Bring your plastic.
planned to open in Santa Fe, N.M., next 
summer, has announced that it has received 
a gift of 33 O'Keeffe works from the 
Burnett Foundation of Fort Worth, Tex., and 
the O'Keeffe Foundation out in Albiquiu, 
N.M. (the artist's house). Director of the 
O'Keeffe Museum is PETER H. HASSRICK, and 
he can be reached at the museum's temporary 
address, 313 Read Street, Santa Fe, N.M. 
87501 (phone 505-995-0785, fax 505-995-
0786), if you have any O'Keeffe's of your 
own you might want to donate.
They promote from within at the HAYWARD 
on the Hayward staff since 1980, has been 
appointed director there.
has opened a branch in Chicago, as of Sept. 
6, 1996. Address in the good ol' USA is 814 
N. Franklin St., Chicago, Ill. 60610 (phone 
312-751-1600, fax 312-751-1032). Bianca's 
first show is "Signs of an Angel," 75 works 
by artists and designers, most from Italy, 
using the iconography of angels. It's up 
till Nov. 30.
The Picture This outdoor theater by BARBARA 
KRUGER at the North Carolina Museum of Art 
in Raleigh, a large-scale installation 
fashioned in letter shapes that spell out 
"picture this" to passing airplanes, opened 
Sept. 7 with a gala performance by the 
North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and 
the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The thing is 
named the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater and 
cost $2.5 million to build
The Anna d'Ascanio Gallery in Rome is 
preparing a catalogue raissone of the works 
of GIULIO TURCATO, the Italian modernist 
who died last year. Collectors of his work 
contact the gallery at Via del Babuino, 29, 
00187, Rome, Italy. 
Presidentially appointed 26-member citizen 
board that advises the National Endowment 
for the Arts, has sworn in nine new 
members. Have you heard of any of them? 
Uhhh.... They are: L.A. tv producer Patrick 
Davidson; midwest photographer Terry Evans; 
New York attorney and art patron Ronnie 
Feuerstein Heyman; Tallahassee music 
teacher Dr. William P. Foster; Seattle 
opera director Speight Jenkins; Montana 
rancher and poet Wallace D. McRae; Chicago 
investor, arts patron and trustee Richard 
J. Stern; California theater director Luis 
Valdez; and Little Rock, Ark., museum 
director and curator Townsend D. Wolfe III. 
Congratulations, everybody!
When you call the J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM for 
public information, now you should ask for 
SUE RUNYARD, the new head of pr and visitor 
services. She comes from the UK, where she 
worked at the Victoria & Albert and the 
British Museum. 
EDGEWISE PRESS will publish five new titles 
this fall, including Recent Essays, a 
collection of art criticism by Peter Halley 
and Selected Poems (1975-1995) by Peter 
Nadin. Other titles include Toward the New 
Degeneracy and Other Essays by Bruce 
Benderson (see his essay LOSING TIMES 
SQUARE elsewhere in ArtNet Magazine);The 
Book of Giving Back by Nanni Cagnone and 
Tributary by Cid Corman with Beauford 
Delaney, edited by Philippe Briet. Edgewise 
Press, which has published Long After 
Hannibal Had Passed with Elephants. Poems 
and Epigrams by Alan Jones, is run by 
editors Richard Milazzo and Howard B. 
Johnson, Jr., and can be contacted at 24 
Fifth Avenue, Suite 224, NY, NY 10011-8815 
(phone 212-982-4818, fax 212-982-1364).
You could go to "The Comic Vision," an 
exhibit of art by comedians curated by the 
omnipresent Baird Jones, the master student 
of celebrity art kitsch, on view at the 
Paterson Museum in Paterson, N.J. Works by 
Jonathan Winters, Red Skelton, Peter Falk, 
Martin Mull, Art Carney and Zero Mostel are 
up Aug. 26-Sept. 23, 1996. For more info 
call Baird at 212-860-4482.
And some notes to mark in your calendar FOR 
The National Design Museum in New York, 
otherwise known as the COOPER-HEWITT, 
reopened Sept. 17, unveiling phase I of its 
$20-million renovation, which includes a 
reinstalled leaded-glass conservatory, a 
new paved courtyard, improved HVAC systems 
and a new entrance ramp for wheelchair 
users (who include C-H director DIANNE H. 
PILGRIM). Go see "Mixing Messages: Graphic 
Design in Contemporary Culture" there, 
through Feb. 16, 1997.
Also opening any day now is the first 
BIENNALE DI FIRENZE, Sept. 21-Dec. 14, 
1996, a conglomeration of fashion and art 
assembled in Florence, Italy, by Guggenheim 
uber-curator Germano Celant, Interview 
magazine editor Ingrid Sischy and Luigi 
Settembrini. Among the shows are "Art and 
Fashion" in the Palazzina mansion, 
featuring clothes designs by Balla, 
Rodchenko and Stepanova, and Delaunay to 
Fontana, Acconci and Louise Bourgeois; 
displays at 18 museums by 20 leading 
designers (Armani, Blahnik, Dolce & 
Gabbana, Gaultier, Oldham, Sui, etc.); an 
Emilio Pucci retrospective at the Palazzo 
Pitti; and a special exhbition called 
"Elton John Metamorphosis," dedicated to 
the rock star, in the courtyard of the 
Uffizi Gallery. Where's my free plane 
ART? If you're in Cleveland on Saturday, 
Sept. 21, go to "A Passion for Collecting: 
Educating the Eye for Contemporary Art," a 
symposium jointly sponsored by the 
CLEVELAND MUSEUM and the Cleveland Society 
for Contemporary Art. The show starts at 
9:30 am with a keynote address by Museum of 
Modern Art president Agnes Gund. Other 
speakers include Chicago MCA curator 
Lucinda Barnes, Pace Gallery president 
Douglas Baxter, Des Moines Art Center 
director I. Michael Danoff, Penny 
Pilkington of PPOW, Sotheby's contemporary 
expert Robert Monk, critic Jerry Saltz and 
Art & Auction editor Bruce Wolmer. Oh boy! 
Cost is $35, or $25 for members of the 
Cleveland contemporary art society. Lunch 
is $15 if you don't bring your own. For 
info contact the Cleveland Museum education 
dept., 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Oh. 
44106 (phone 216-421-7340, ex. 464). 
Something called the ST. PETERSBURG 
BIENNALE is scheduled for Oct. 3-13, 1996, 
with the theme "Eastern Europe: Spatia Nova 
(New Areas)," sponsored by Art Collegium 
Gallery with support from the St. 
Petersburg city council. Additional info 
can be gotten at the Web site,, an address we 
have from our friends over at ArtNetWeb. 
The BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART is sending some 
of its renowned Cone Collection to Japan. 
"Matisse and Modern Masters from the Cone 
Collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art," 
a selection of 73 works by Bonnard, Braque, 
Cezanne, Gauguin, Laurencin, Picasso, 
Renoir and van Gogh, appears at the Isetan 
Museum of Art in Tokyo, Oct. 3-Dec. 28, 
1996, and the Osaka Municipal Museum of 
Art, Jan. 8-Feb. 11, 1997. No word whether 
the tour involves the payment of a 
multimillion-dollar fee, as was the case in 
the famous Barnes Foundation tour to seven 
cities, earning the foundation $17 million 
or so.
DEALERS SHOW rolls into New York's Seventh 
Regiment Armory Oct. 11-17, 1996, organized 
by Brian and Anna Haughton with offerings 
from 76 European and U.S. dealers. General 
admission is $15. The Gala Preview Oct. 10 
benefits the Memorial Sloan-Kettering 
Cancer Center. Tickets are $200-$2,500; 
contact Linda Buckley, JSM Productions, 570 
Seventh Avenue, Suite 605, NY, NY 10018 
(phone 212-921-9070).
SOFA CHICAGO 1996, the international 
exposition of sculpture, objects and 
functional art, is scheduled for Nov. 1-3, 
1996. Check it out on the Web at
The 1996 Mordes lecture in Contemporary Art 
at the HIRSHHORN MUSEUM in Washington, 
D.C., is scheduled for 4 pm, Sunday, Nov. 
3. The lecturer is NICOLAS SEROTA, director 
of the Tate Gallery in London. His topic: 
"Contemporary Art at Millennium's End."
The sixth annual International Fine Print 
Dealers Association PRINT FAIR will take 
place Nov. 8-19 at the 7th Regiment Armory 
on Park Avenue in New York. About 90 
exhibitors will be there. For info contact 
Gail Aronow, executive director, the 
International Fine Print Dealers 
Association, 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 
10022 (phone 212-759-4469, fax 212-319-