GOICOLEA WINS PARIS PHOTO AWARD
Brooklyn-based photographer Anthony Goicolea (b. 1971) has won the $15,000 BMW-Paris Photo Prize at the Paris Photo art fair for 2005. The winning work, chosen by a jury headed by BMW France chairman Didier Maitret, and illustrating the BMW 2005 theme, “Spirit on the Move,” was Goicolea’s Ghost Ship, a panoramic, digitally enhanced fairytale landscape showing a ship carrying a group of refugees “on their way to a better world,” submitted by Luis Adelantado Gallery in Valencia, Spain.
FINAL FRIEZE SALES FIGURES
The third edition of the Frieze Art Fair in London, Oct. 20-24, 2005, has announced its overall results. Ticket sales totaled 47,000, up over last year by 20 percent. According to Frieze co-directors Amanda Sharpe and Matthew Slotover, a total of £33 million worth of contemporary art was sold by galleries at the event, an increase on the 2004 sales total of £26 million. Works by ten artists were purchased for the Tate with the £125,000 Frieze Art Fair special acquisitions funds, including works by Alexandre da Cunha (Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo), David Lamelas (Jan Mot, Belgium) and Daria Martin (Hotel, London).
MORGAN LIBRARY SETS REOPENING DATE
The Morgan Library in New York reopens it new, $102-million expanded and renovated museum, designed by Renzo Piano, on Apr. 29, 2006. The new design features a dramatic new entrance on Madison Avenue in a glass-enclosed central court, complete with trees, which the architect characterizes as being in the spirit of an Italian piazza. The expansion adds about 75,000 square feet to what is now a 151,000 square foot campus, according to director Charles E. Pierce, Jr. The inaugural exhibitions show highlights from the library’s holdings in drawings, manuscripts, printed books, ancient Near Eastern seals and literary and historical manuscripts.
RODINS TO N.C. MUSEUM
The North Carolina Museum of Art has received a gift of 22 bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, making the museum the only cultural institution in the South with a major Rodin collection. The works are to be housed in new galleries that are part of a planned $75 million expansion slated for completion in 2008. The new Rodin gallery and adjacent garden is to be named in honor of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.
LOST FRANCIS WORKS UNVEILED
Gallery Delaive in Amsterdam has unveiled more than 20 “lost” works by Sam Francis that were made in 1990 at his Moss Farm studio near Manchester and that have never been seen in public before. According to the gallery, the works are expressive collage-like images with bright colors; they go on view Nov. 19-Dec. 23, 2005. For details, see www.delaive.com
WHITNEY BUYS RUSCHA
The Whitney Museum has acquired two paintings by Ed Ruscha from his “Course of Empire” cycle, which was featured in the U.S. pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale and which is currently on view at the museum. The two paintings are The Old Tool & Die Building (2004) and The Old Trades School Building (2005). The works are a gift of Leonard A. Lauder’s American Contemporary Art Foundation. The price was not disclosed.
JOHN BUCHANAN TO HEAD FAMSF
John E. Buchanan, Jr. , has been appointed director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, effective Feb. 1, 2006, in charge of overseeing both the Legion of Honor and the De Young Museum, which opened its new facility designed by Herzog & de Meuron last month. For the past seven years, Buchanan has been executive director of the Portland Art Museum.
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