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Artnet News
Oct. 6, 2005 

ERSATZ GAGOSIAN OPENS IN BERLIN
Gagosian Gallery has opened in Berlin -- except that the new space has nothing to do with the eponymous art dealer with his own galleries in London, Los Angeles and New York. Gagosian Berlin is in fact an example of "guerrilla franchising," and has been launched by the curatorial team of Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick as part of the "4th Berlin Biennial," which opens in March 2006. Located at Auguststr. 50A in Belin-Mitte, Gagosian Gallery in Berlin is designed as "a site for the presentation of spontaneous and intuitive, adventurous and unhindered exhibitions and events" (and includes a website at www.berlinbienniale.de)

First up is "Berlin Beauties: Dorothy Iannone, Dieter Roth, Emmett Williams," Sept. 26-Oct. 22, 2005, an exhibition celebrating the 30-year friendship and artistic dialogue among the three Fluxus artists. (Iannone left her husband for Roth not long after they met in 1967, and the exhibition of her sexually explicit works at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1969 caused a fracas that led to the resignation of the museum’s director, Harald Szeeman.) No works are for sale at Gagosian Gallery in Berlin (and the reaction of the real Larry Gagosian remains unknown). For further details, contact mg@berlinbiennale.de

GINGERAS TO GUGGENHEIM
Art critic and curator Alison M. Gingeras has been appointed adjunct curator at the Guggenheim Museum. Gingeras was a curator at the Guggenheim from 1997-99, and more recently was curator for contemporary art at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, where she organized shows of work by Daniel Buren and Thomas Hirschhorn, among others. She is currently at work on an exhibition titled "Canova and Koons: Classical Subversion" for the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin.

Gingeras also made headlines, of a sort, after Artforum published a color photograph of her toukis by artist Piotr Uklanski as a kind of centerfold in 2003, called Untitled (GingerAss). Purchased as an advertisement by the artist, the work was an example of "calculated crassness," wrote Gingeras in an accompanying text, that "divulges a charged liaison -- potentially beneficial for the artist, problematic for the curator." Gingeras’ appointment at the Gugg follows fast on the heels of the elevation of Lisa Dennison to the post of director of the museum.

SECOND EXIT ART BIENNIAL
Exit Art, the venerable New York alternative space located at 475 Tenth Avenue in North Chelsea, has launched its second biennial exhibition. Dubbed "Exit Biennial II: Traffic," Oct. 1-Dec. 23, 2005, the curatorial statement -- the biennial is selected by Exit Art staffers after an open call for proposals from artists -- speaks of "velocity and mutation," "interchanging gods, goods and people," "the illegal definition of trade: people, drugs, money, information," "mega cities" and "our birth" as "a product of trafficking in love."

Artists included in the show are Jonathan Allen, Justin Beal, Gail Biederman, Johannes Buss, Alfredo Conde, Matthew Cusick, Michel de Broin, Lisa DiLillo, DoEAT, Uri Dotan, Hasan M. Elahi, eteam, Eddie Figueroa/ Rafael Rivera / Aaron Salabarrías, Chantel Foretich, Adam Frelin, Graciela Fuentes, Christoph Gielen, Eduardo Gil, Shuli Hallak, Tom Hébert, Angela Hennessy, Todd Joki, Marie Christine Katz, Michael Lalicki, PIPS (Providence Initiative for Psychogeographic Studies), Matthew Lusk, Mitchel Marco, Bryan Mesenbourg, David Packer, Debra Pearlman, Plamen Petkov, Preemptive Media, Jeremy J. Quinn, Nicholas Rodrigues, Augustine Romero, Shane Ruth, Marie Sauvaitre, Romy Scheroder, Simon Schiessl/ Saoirse Higgins, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, Paul Slocum, János Sugár, Stefanie Trojan, Jovan Villalba, Onge S. Warner, Seth Weiner, Letha Wilson, Bradley Wood, Mike Wsol, Linda Wysong.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM BREAKS GROUND
The Cleveland Museum of Art has broken ground on its $258-million renovation and expansion designed by Rafael Viñoly. The plan calls for the renovation of the museum’s 1971 Marcel Breuer building and its landmark 1916 Beaux Arts building, as well as the construction of a new East Wing, central piazza and a new West Wing, increasing total square footage by nearly 200,000 square feet to 588,000 square feet. Completion is slated for 2011.

As the construction begins, the museum has removed its permanent collection into storage for safekeeping. Special exhibitions continue with "The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America, 1880-1920," opening Oct. 16, 2005 (other forthcoming exhibitions include "Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudi to Dali," opening in October 2006, and "Monet & Normandy," opening February 2007). Plans to put selections from the museum collection on tour during construction, and exhibit parts of it at other Cleveland venues, are in the works.

MUSEUM BRANDHORST LAYS FOUNDATION STONE
The foundation stone for Munich’s newest museum, the Museum Brandhorst, goes in the ground on Oct. 17, 2005. The three-story building, designed by Berlin architects Sauerbruch Hutton, features 3,200-square-meters of exhibition space for the collection of Udo and Anette Brandhorst, including over 700 works by artists ranging from Pablo Picasso to Mike Kelley. The new building is located in Munich’s Kunstareal, the "art museum area," near the Pinakothek der Moderne.

MURAKAMI’S ELECTRIC CAR
Japanese "Superflat" artist Takashi Murakami has signed on to help promote an electric car for Nissan that was unveiled last week at the company’s Nissan Ginza Gallery in downtown Tokyo. Dubbed Pivo, the three-seater features an egg-shaped cabin that swivels 360 degrees, eliminating the need for three-point turns. Pivo is powered by a lithium-ion battery and has zero emissions. Murakami was on hand to introduce the new auto, as well as his new character, Pivo-chan, who is based on the car.

BUTTERFIELD ON PARK AVENUE
Montana artist Deborah Butterfield has brought several of her popular sculptures of horses, artfully assembled from scrap metal and driftwood (and cast in bronze), to Park Avenue. Three life-size sculptures -- Deep Time (2005), Cicada (2005), and Wilder (2005) -- are on view at Park Avenue between 52nd and 54th Streets, Oct. 1, 2005-Jan. 29, 2006, sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Edward Thorp Gallery, who represents the artist.

NEW CHIEF CURATOR AT DENVER MUSEUM
Margaret Young-Sánchez
, curator of pre-Columbian art at the Denver Art Museum, has been named chief curator there. She succeeds Timothy J. Standring, who was recently appointed to the position of deputy director of collections and programs at the museum. Donna Pierce, Denver’s curator of Spanish Colonial art, has succeeded Young-Sánchez as head of the New World department.


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