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Mar. 17, 2006 

As part of an 18-month series of exhibitions on the legacy of slavery in New York City, the New-York Historical Society is presenting "Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery," June 16, 2006-Jan. 7, 2007, organized by Studio Museum of Harlem president Lowery Stokes Sims, N-YHS public historian Kathleen Hauser and American Revolution Project director Cynthia Copeland. Among the 31 artists in the show are Willie Birch, Leonardo Drew, Ellen Driscoll, Leslie King Hammond and Jane Mapily, Joseph Lewis III, Kerry James Marshall, Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry, Algernon Miller, Faith Ringgold, Joyce Scott, Cedric Smith, Kara Walker and Fred Wilson.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego rolls out the first comprehensive survey of art from Tijuana, Mexico, in "Strange New World: Art and Design from Tijuana/Extraño Nuevo Mondo: Arte y diseño desde Tijuana," May 21-Sept. 3, 2006. With five million people, Tijuana is "a city of the future, transformed by globalization, media and issues of migration and identity," the museum says. The show features 150 artworks made since 1970 by 41 architects, artists, designers and filmmakers, fills both MCASD’s La Jolla and downtown San Diego locations, and is the museum’s largest exhibition ever.

Artists in the show include Felipe Almada, Mónica Arreola, Mely Barragán, Álvaro Blancarte, Border Art Workshop/ Taller de Arte Fronterizo, bulbo, Tania Candiani, Carmela Castrejón Diego, Alida Cervantes, Enrique Ciapara, Hugo Crosthwaite, Teddy Cruz, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Sergio de la Torre, Daniela Gallois, Charles Glaubitz, Jorge Gracia (Gracia Studio), Marcela Guadiana, Raúl Guerrero, César Hayashi, Salomón Huerta, Ana Machado, Julio César Morales, Ángeles Moreno, Oficina 3 (Daniel Carrillo and Omar Bernal), Julio Orozco, Marta Palau, René Peralta (generica), Vidal Pinto Estrada, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Armando Rascón, Salvador V. Ricalde, Miguel Robles-Durán and Gabriela Rendón, Daniel Ruanova, Giancarlo Ruiz, Jaime Ruiz Otis, Benjamín Serrano, Aaron Soto, TOROLAB and Yvonne Venegas.

The show is organized by curator Rachel Teagle, accompanied by a 250-page bilingual catalogue and sponsored by Altria, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many other donors.  A smaller version of the exhibition is currently on view at the Instituto Cultural de México/Cultural Institute of Mexico in Washington, D.C., and subsequently appears at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Jan. 13-Apr. 21, 2007.

The eight-year-old ArtParis art fair, billed as "the show for passionate collecting people," opens at the Grand Palais, Mar. 16-20, 2006. The fair boasts a total of 108 exhibiting galleries, including about 30 percent from outside France. Among the dealers on hand are Baudoin Lebon, Denise Cadé, Louis Carré & Cie, Haim Chanin, Di Meo, 1900-2000, Ernst Hilger, Lahumière, Lelong, Catherine Putman, Sfeir-Semler, Sollertis, Tanit, Daniel Templon, Patrice Trigano and Dina Vierny. The fair features a special "Parcours Sculpture" section, with works by Arman, Daniel Buren, Cesar, Robert Combas, Robert Couturier, Max Ernst, Raymond Hains, Keith Haring, Allen Jones, David Nash, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Wang Du and ten more artists.

The five paintings by Gustav Klimt that were taken from the Austrian Gallery Belvedere in Vienna and given to the family of Los Angeles resident Maria Altmann following a long court battle over their rightful ownership go on view in a special exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Apr. 4-June 30, 2006. The paintings include two portraits of Altmann’s aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer (1881-1925) and three landscapes, Beechwood (1903), Apple Tree I (ca. 1911) and Houses in Unterach on Lake Atter (1916).

The Denver art scene is growing fast, with groundbreaking for the David Adjaye-designed Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver set for May 1 and a $90.5-million expansion of the Denver Art Museum due to open this fall. Now, another art institution has been added to the mix -- the Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar, located in a new residential and commercial development five miles outside the city (and funded by the developer and the city together). The Lab, as it is called, is founded and directed by Adam Lerner, a former art teacher at the Denver Art Museum, and slated to open this fall in a 11,500-square-foot building designed by Santa Monica architect Hagy Belzberg. Designed to be a combination museum, think tank and public forum, the Lab’s debut offering is the U.S. premiere of a new film by Isaac Julien. For more details, see

"Sensual Minimalist" designer Karim Rashid is getting his first solo U.S. museum exhibition at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Okla., Apr. 28-Sept. 17, 2006. The show features a site-specific installation -- "a sleek, suspended metallic ‘blobject’ reminiscent of a landscape -- whose mirror surface reflects the signature architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower, as well as a survey of Rashid’s furniture, wallcoverings, ceramics, glassware and graphics. The show is being sponsored by Target. For details, see

Art dealer and author Molly Barnes (How To Get Hung: A Practical Guide for Emerging Artists), well known for her "brown-bag lunch" discussions with artists at the Roger Smith Hotel on Lexington Avenue in New York, is taking her show to her hometown of Los Angeles -- and putting it on the radio. Her new program, called "Molly Barnes’ Art News," airs every Monday at 6:30 p.m. on KCSN, 98.5 FM, a classical station originating out of Northridge University in L.A. Guests have included critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, sculptor Peter Shire, Museum of Latin American Art director Gregorio Luke, and Gale Garner Roski, wife of Staples Center owner Ed Roski, who recently gave $23 million to USC to name the art school after her.

The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation has announced grants totaling $600,000 to 30 artists in its 2005 biennial competition. The awards are earmarked for artists whose work shows serious promise but who have not received widespread recognition; candidates must be nominated (applications are not accepted). Winners of the $20,000 grants include Thomas Ashcraft, Slater Bradley, John Eric Byers, Carter, Phillip Chen, Jamal Cyrus, Kenneth Fandell, Susan Giles, John Grade, Ilona Granet, Hannah Greely, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jacqueline Hayden, Adam Helms, Steve Hurd, Arthur Jafa, Juzanne Joelson, Christopher Kurtz, Gail LeBoff, Kalup Linzy, Beth Lipman, Dave McKenzie, Marilyn Minter, Senga Nengudi, Carl Pope, Bonnie Seeman, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Kerry Tribe, William Villalongo and Arnold Zimmerman.

The Museum of Modern Art has announced the acquisition of a series of 12 abstract paintings made in 2005 by Gerhard Richter as well as Elizabeth Murray’s 2005 painting, Do the Dance, and two 2005 paintings by Luc Tuymans, Demolition and The Secretary of State (which depicts Condoleezza Rice and was exhibited at David Zwirner Gallery). MoMA also acquired a glass sculpture by Roni Horn, Untitled (Aretha) (2002-04); a sculpture by Sérgio Camargo, Orée (ca. 1962); and an untitled 1963 painting by Mira Schendel. The works are largely gifts from patrons who include Leonard and Susan Feinstein, Warren and Mitzi Eisenberg, Ronald Lauder, Agnes Gund, Arne and Milly Glimcher, David and Monica Zwirner and Kathy and Richard S. Fuld.

Everyone’s favorite guerrilla painter, Ron English, known for years for replacing commercial billboards with his own subversive imagery, celebrates the release of a new DVD documentary on his work, Popaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English, with a party at the Showroom in New York on Mar. 23, 2006 (for details, see Directed and produced by Pedro Carvajal, the 78-minute-long documentary is expanded from a shorter version made in 2004. An exhibition of new English paintings opens at the Opera Gallery in SoHo on May 4, 2006. 

Philippe Parreno
’s Fade To Black, published by mfc-Michèle Didier, has been selected as the Specific Object 2005 Publication of the Year. Printed in a photosensitive, phosphorescent, "glow-in-the-dark" ink, Fade To Black is characterized as a "bedside book" that "can only be read in the dark" and that literally fades during its use. The book can be had for $150; see for details

Catherine de Zegher has resigned as executive director of the Drawing Center, a post she has held since 1999. No explanation was given. The organization has seen a whirlwind of controversy during the last few years, after announcing plans to relocate from its longtime home in SoHo, first to Ground Zero and now at the South Street Seaport. Drawing Center deputy director Elizabeth Metcalf is holding down the fort while the organization seeks de Zegher’s successor.

A memorial for the Lower East Side artist, writer and actor Bill Rice, who died at age 74 on Jan. 23, 2006, has been scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 25, 2006, at La Mama Annex at 66 East 4th Street in Manhattan. All are welcome.

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