INTERNATIONAL FINE ART FAIR IN NYC
After two days of Impressionist and modern art auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York, the really hot ticket for blue chip collectors is the opening-night gala for Anna and Brian Haughton’s International Fine Art Fair 2007, which goes on view at the Park Avenue Armory, May 11-16, 2007. Tickets for the vernissage on May 10 benefit the Frick Collection and start at $150.
Now in its 14th year, the fair includes 60 of the best fine art dealers from Europe, America and Asia, presenting choice objects ranging from Renaissance devotional images to contemporary paintings and sculpture. Offerings range from Old Master drawings at Hill-Stone from New York and a Madonna and Child altarpiece by Jacopo di Cione at Moretti from Florence to a selection of Cubist paintings at Galerie Beres from Paris and a touching Max Beckmann portrait of a young girl at Nathan A. Bernstein & Co. General admission is $20. For more info, see www.haughton.com
RONI HORN’S "LIBRARY OF WATER" IN ICELAND
New York artist Roni Horn has designed a special "library of water" for the town of Stykkishólmur on the western coast of Iceland, north of Reykjavik. Dubbed Vatnasafn/Library of Water, the unusual facility is a conversion of the town’s former library building, which is sited on a bluff overlooking both the ocean and the town harbor. Inside, where once were stacks of books are now glass columns containing water gathered from Iceland’s glaciers -- Hofsjökull, Langökull and Snaefellsjökull. The new library, which opened in early May 2007, is to host a writer’s residency as well as regular readings and performances. The first writer-in-residence is Icelandic author Guðrún Eva Minervudóttir. The project is underwritten by Artangel as well as the Icelandic government, companies and individuals.
NAMING CONTEST FOR DI SUVERO SCULPTURE
During the May 6 opening of Socrates Sculpture Park for the summer -- and a beautiful day it was, too -- visitors were encouraged to come up with a title for the new unpainted steel sculpture by Mark di Suvero sited in the park, which is located in Astoria on the East River across from Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The winning title for the piece, a kind of four-legged tripod with one arm bent horizontally, like a diving board, is Clock Knot, proffered by poet Elaine Bleakney (and selected by di Suvero himself, the park’s long-time patron). Other artists with works in the new installation are Andrea Christens, Stephen Dean, Anne Deleporte, James Johnson, Kurt Lightner, Isamu Noguchi, Joel Shapiro, Rachel Stevens, Nicole Tschampel and Amy Yoes. For more info, see www.socratessculpturepark.org
STEVE MARTIN TALKS HOPPER
Actor and art collector Steve Martin narrates the new 30-minute-long film documentary on Edward Hopper that accompanies the exhibition, "Edward Hopper," currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and slated to appear in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. The film is also being aired on PBS, dates to be announced. Martin was the seller of the record-setting Hotel Window (1955) for $26.9 million in 2006, and also owns another, arguably even more valuable major Hopper painting, Captain Upton’s House (1927).
CUBAN ART SURVEY AT EXIT ART
Cuba has had its own art renaissance since the 1980s, or so says "Killing Time," May 12-July 28, 2007, an ominously named but exceptional looking round-up of more than 60 Cuban artists opening at Exit Art at 475 Tenth Avenue in New York. Organized by Elvis Fuentes, Glexis Novoa and Yuneikys Villalonga, the show takes up the subject of "time, process and transition in Cuba," and includes many artists whose work has been little seen in the U.S. as well as dismissed by the official Cuban art discourse.
Artists included are ABTV, Francis Acea, Pavel Acosta, Jairo Alfonso, Alonso Mateo, Alexandre Arrechea, Arte Calle, Atelier Morales, Juan Pablo Ballester, James Bonachea, Saidel Brito, Tania Bruguera, La Campana Group, María Magdalena Campos Pons, Yoan Capote, Consuelo Castañeda, Nilo Castillo, Sandra Ceballos & Espacio Aglutinador, Raúl Cordero, Jorge Crespo, Arturo Cuenca, Ángel Delgado, Felipe Dulzaides, Dupp Gallery, Ofill Echevarría, El Soca & Fabian, Enema Collective, Henry Eric, Antonio Eligio Fernández "Tonel", Coco Fusco, Carlos Garaicoa, Fernando García, Fidel García, Alejandro González, Juan-Si González, Abdel Hernández, Hexágono Team, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado, Hamlet Labastida, Tony Labat, Francisco Lastra Adorno, Glenda León, Alejandro López, Rafael López Ramos, Janler Méndez, Manuel Mendive, Beverly Mojena, Maritza Molina, Glexis Novoa, Antonio Núñez, Ernesto Oroza, Cristina Padura, Gustavo Pérez Monzón, Alain Pino, Humberto Planas, Segundo Planes, Provisional Group, Aldo Menéndez, Aldo Damián Menéndez, Hubert Moreno, Ramón Moya, Carlos Pérez Vidal, Ernesto Pujol, Rigoberto Quintana, Rubert Quintana, Ángel Ricardo Ríos, Ritual Art-De Group, Fernando Rodríguez & Francisco de la Cal, René Francisco Rodríguez, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Joel Rojas, Yali Romagoza, Adalberto Roque, Lázaro Saavedra, George Sánchez-Calderón, Leandro Soto, Ezequiel Suárez, Todos Estrellas, José Toirac & Tanya Angulo, José Ángel Toirac, César Trasobares, Hárold Vazquez, Liudmila Velasco & Nelson Ramírez de Arellano, José Ángel Vincench and Ramón Williams.
WILMERDING DROPS POP ART ON PRINCETON
In some quarters of the art world, Princeton University art historian John Wilmerding draws scorn for his role as art advisor to Wal-Mart profiteer Alice Walton. Out in New Jersey, he gets more favorable treatment, especially now that he has revealed himself to be the previously anonymous donor of nearly 50 Pop Art works to the Princeton University Art Museum. The collection of paintings, sculptures and works on paper is especially strong in later works by Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselman. Works from the gift are included in "Pop Art at Princeton: Permanent and Promised," Mar. 24-Aug. 12, 2007.
What’s more, the university has also announced a $1 million gift, along with a $750,000 challenge grant, to endow a museum curatorship in Wilmerding’s name. The news comes on the occasion of Wilmerding’s retirement.
NEW DIRECTOR FOR DALLAS MUSEUM
Dallas Museum of Art director John R. Lane plans to retire in May 2008 after eight years on the job, and the museum has selected deputy director Bonnie Pitman to succeed him as director of the museum. Lane, 63, oversaw a capital campaign that boosted the DMA endowment to $166.8 million, and helped obtain a bequest of a total of 900 artworks from three local families. Pittman has been at Dallas since 2000.
DIRECTOR LEAVES HENRY ART GALLERY
Henry Art Gallery director Richard Andrews plans to leave his post in early 2008, after two decades on the job. During his tenure at the Seattle museum, Andrews supervised a $24-million expansion, which opened in 1997, and led a capital campaign that boosted the endowment to $10 million. Andrews, 57, said that he plans to take time to reflect and open himself to new challenges.
ZINGMAGAZINE FOUNDER GETS PRIZE
Denver-based New York artist Devon Dikeou is widely celebrated as the editor and publisher of Zingmagazine, the long-running journal of artists’ projects and writing. But she’s also an art patron, and has now received the Seventh Annual Sue Cannon Award from the MCA Denver, in recognition of her support of the 11-year-old museum, which is currently constructing a new facility designed by British architect David Adjaye.