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Jan. 31, 2006 

Can there be two artists more different than lusty, protean modernist maestro Pablo Picasso and Hanne Darboven, the German conceptual mandarin known for her tireless repetition of cryptic scrawl on thousands of sheets of paper? The 65-year-old Darboven’s latest show at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin is titled "Hommage à Picasso" and is a "portrait of the artists Pablo Picasso and Darboven" via 9,720 of her characteristic sheets, shown side-by-side with items including a framed Picasso lithograph and a Roman-style bust of Picasso, and accompanied by a musical work for 120 voices recorded specially for the show, Opus 60. The show is organized by Valerie Hillings. For more info, see

Alan Greenspan is retiring as head of the Federal Reserve after 20 years on the job, where he oversaw an impressive run-up of the stock market from 3,000 to 10,000, and does the art world give a damn? Sure it does -- or at least painter Erin Crowe does. She has made more than 30 portraits of the celebrity Fed chief. On display Jan. 19-Feb. 4, 2006, at The Gallery in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and priced at $1,000-$12,500, the portraits have been snapped up by "hedge fund managers, wives of hedge fund managers and insurance companies," according to the gallery’s Willy Richardson. "It was like a gold rush," gallery co-owner Rebecca Cooper told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, speaking of the reaction after the works were profiled on a cable financial news show.

According to, the 25-year-old Crowe graduated from the University of Virginia in 2003 and followed the advice of her father (a former employee of the investment bank Lehman Brothers) to hawk her Greenspan portraits a little closer to Wall Street -- advice that has clearly proved sound. With the paintings sold out, Crowe is now taking commissions, and has already been asked to paint a 5 x 6 foot image of Greenspan. For those who can’t get enough of the Chairman, visit

The Museum of Modern Art is offering a special educational program designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Titled "Meet Me at MoMA," the program offers interactive tours of the museum collection for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their family members or caregivers; the tours are held on Tuesdays when the museum is ordinarily closed to the public: Jan. 31, Mar. 28 and May 23, 2006. According to the museum, viewing art "can be a rich and satisfying experience for people without full access to their memory, providing relaxation and pleasure." The initiative is developed by MoMA educator Francesca Rosenberg in collaboration with John Zeisel and Sean Caulfield, founders of Artists for Alzheimer’s, a project sponsored by the Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Family Foundation in Massachusetts. Registration is required; call (212) 708-9864.

"A Tribute to Arman (1928-2005)," a memorial exhibition for the French artist featuring works dating from 1960 to 2004, opens at the Marlborough Gallery in New York City, Feb. 2-Mar. 4, 2006. The show includes Les Grands Perce-Neige (1960), an accumulation of toothbrushes in a wood box; In Favor of Admission (1976), an accumulation of admission clips from the Metropolitan Museum; and Balla’s Bike (1991), which brings together a sliced bicycle with paint brushes and acrylic on canvas. Arman died at age 76 on Oct. 22, 2005.

When he’s not tearing up the court for the Orlando Magic, NBA basketball star Grant Hill collects art with the help of his wife, five-time Grammy nominee Tamia Hill. Selections from the couple’s art holdings go on view as "Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art," Mar. 4-July 16, 2006, at the new Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, N.C. (Hill is a Duke University grad who helped the Blue Devils win back-to-back NCAA championships in 1991 and ’92 before becoming the number one draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1994; he has been starting forward for the Magic since 2000.) The Nasher exhibition features 46 artworks in all, including 21 works by Elizabeth Catlett as well as works by Romare Bearden, Arthello Beck Jr., John Biggers, John Coleman, Hughie Lee-Smith and others. The exhibition originated at the Orlando Museum of Art in 2003; this is the final stop of its tour. 

The fire that raged through the landmark 575 Broadway building at the corner of Prince Street in SoHo on the weekend of Jan. 21, 2006, largely spared the fifth-floor offices of Brant Publications, which includes Art in America magazine, Interview and the Magazine Antiques. Though the magazine offices were not sprinklered, they suffered "only" smoke damage -- which means that the heaps of files and other editorial raw materials were covered with a greasy film from the smoke that filled the building. At present a cleanup crew is hard at work -- the offices can expect new carpeting, at least -- while the magazine staffs are relocated to temporary quarters over on the far west side of Manhattan.

Offices of the Guggenheim Museum in the building suffered similar light damage, according to a museum spokesperson. Richard Serra’s maquette for A Matter of Time, his sculpture at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, was unharmed. The fate of the vacuum-cleaner sculpture by Jeff Koons that had long occupied the ground-floor lobby by the elevator is less certain, however, and has no doubt been spirited off to the restorers for a checkup. The Prada store on the ground floor, designed in 2001 by Rem Koolhaas, was less lucky, as was the Lure Fishbar in the building basement and the American Eagle Outfitters store, where the fire is thought to have begun.

Art globetrotters, put a new pin on your map! The Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, Pa., opens "Out of the Blue," Mar. 4-May 6, 2006, a group show about weather and the creative process conceived by artists Joy Episalla and Joy Garnett and organized by Abingdon Art Center curator Amy Lipton. The show features 22 artists from the U.S., Canada and England, and "focuses on the dynamics of human creativity as a metaphor for geological and atmospheric phenomena." The show includes works by Stephen Andrews, Robert Bordo, Emily Brown, Diane Burko, Dawn DeDeaux, Christos Dikeakos, John Dougill, Joy Episalla, Joy Garnett, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Erik Hanson, Geoffrey Hendricks , J.J. L'Heureux, Bill Jones, Zoe Leonard, Frank Moore, Eileen Neff, Andrea Polli , Hunter Reynolds, Austin Thomas, Bing Wright and Carrie Yamaoka, with a selection of ephemera and multiples by Colin Keefe, Richard Long, Ben Neill, Kiki Smith, Patti Smith, Robert Smithson and Andrea Zittel. For further details, see

Jeffrey Hoffeld
has been appointed associate dean of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. A former curator of medieval art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and director of the Neuberger Museum, Hoffeld has operated his own gallery in New York and worked for several other New York dealers; most recently he was agent for the estate of Louise Nevelson.

The Sundaram Tagore Gallery, which opened on Greene Street in SoHo in 2001, is relocating to a new space at 547 West 27th Street, a former garage renovated by San Francisco-based architects Charles Hemminger & Assoc. to include a 5,000-square-foot gallery with a long courtyard. Though the gallery formally opens with a show of works by Natvar Bhavsar, titled "Poetics of Color," Mar. 16-Apr. 8, 2006, a preview of the new space can be had starting on Feb. 15, 2006, with a group show titled "Blender" and organized by artist Cordy Ryman. For further details, see

Sara Melter Gallery unveils its new space at 525-531 West 26th Street -- a 4,500-square-foot duplex penthouse, with exhibition galleries on both floors and an outdoor space for sculpture -- on Mar. 4, 2006. The premiere exhibition is "Welcome Home," a group show of 16 gallery artists -- Jan Albers, Roger Andersson, Andrea Bowers, Margarita Cabrera, Jeremy Dickinson, Moyna Flannigan, Peter Friedl, Emily Joyce, Nina Katchadourian, Jason Middlebrook, Shannon Plumb, Daniela Steinfeld, Jude Talichet and Type A. The gallery has added two artists to its program, Lee Boroson and Neil Goldberg. Rachel Gugelberger and Jeffrey Walkowiak have joined the gallery as co-directors.

Art consultant Lesley Heller, former director of the Work Space Gallery in SoHo, has launched her own gallery at 30 East 92nd Street in Manhattan. Described as a "hybrid of salon, gallery and art club," Lesley Heller specializes in mid-career artists who are overdue for their next New York exhibition. The gallery opens by appointment on Feb. 2, with the inaugural exhibition of works by Elizabeth Berdann, Joel Carreiro, James O. Clark, Creighton Michael and Rebecca Smith opening on Feb. 23, 2006. For details, phone (212) 410-6120.

Ron Tyler, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named director of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. He succeeds Rick Stewart, who stepped down to pursue curatorial projects.

The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has two new curators. Heather Pesanti has been hired as assistant curator of contemporary art, joining contemporary art curator Douglas Fogle on the forthcoming 2008 "Carnegie International Exhibition." Pesanti had previously been curatorial fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The Carnegie Museum has also appointed Elisabeth Agro as associate curator of decorative arts. She had already been on the museum staff, and had organized "Tarnished: The Decline of Family Formality," currently on view in the museum.

Jennifer Gately, former director of visual arts at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, Idaho, has been named to a new position of curator of Northwest art at the Portland (Ore.) Museum of Art. Her first job is to organize the "2006 Oregon Biennial," July 29-Oct. 8, 2006. The new curatorial post is underwritten by Arlene and Harold Schnitzer, longtime Oregon philanthropists and collectors.

NAM JUNE PAIK, 1932-2006
Nam June Paik, 74, Korean-born, Manhattan-based video art pioneer known for Zen sculptures like TV Buddha and Moon Is the Oldest TV as well as huge TV walls of synthesized video imagery, died at his winter home in Miami Beach on Jan. 29, 2006. A member of the Fluxus artist group, Paik had his first solo show -- the first known art exhibition involving television sets -- in a West German gallery in 1963. He came to New York in 1964, where he collaborated with classical cellist Charlotte Moorman on the infamous TV Cello. He had retrospective exhibitions at the Whitney Museum (1982) and the Guggenheim Museum (2000) and received major exhibitions at the National Museum of Art in Seoul in 1988 and at the Venice Biennale in 1993. He showed with many top dealers, including the Howard Wise Gallery, the Carl Solway Gallery in Cincinnati and the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York.

JOHN LATHAM, 1921-2006
John Latham, 84, British conceptual artist who was perhaps best known for chewing and distilling a copy of Clement Greenberg’s Art and Culture in 1966-67, died in London on Jan. 1, 2006. An exhibition of his work is currently on view at Tate Britain until Feb. 28, 2006.

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