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Sept. 29, 2005 

Curator, author and performance art expert RoseLee Goldberg’s Performa05, the first biennial of new visual art performance, brings more than 90 artists to 20 venues in New York City, Nov. 3-21, 2005. "The most radical ideas in art start out as live action," said Goldberg at a recent press conference. "It’s time to give performance a central place in 20th-century art history." Ten major new works are slated to premiere as part of the biennial. Some highlights:

* Danish artist Jesper Just opens Performa05 with True Love Is Yet to Come, a live opera solo performed on a rotating stage with accompaniment from life-size video projections of the Finnish Screaming Men’s Choir, in a work commissioned by Performa and debuting at the Stephan Weiss Studio in Greenwich Village.

* Belgian artist Francis Alÿs presents Ensayo II, a six-hour performance in which a dancer, a pianist and a singer rehearse, over and over, the beginnings of a striptease that is never consummated. The work is a Performa commission; its venue is yet to be determined.

* Artist and composer Christian Marclay presents Screen Play, a pictorial video collage that is interpreted as an abstract score by ensembles of live musicians, including Elliott Sharp, TOT Trio and Zeena Parkins, at Eyebeam in Chelsea.

* Laurie Simmons premieres The Music of Regret, a film musical combined with live performance that draws on her photos from the 1980s of walking objects and ventriloquist dummies, at Salon 94 on the Upper East Side.

* Marina Abramovic performs "Seven Easy Pieces," a series of seven consecutive nights of performances -- a new work of her own, as well as her renditions of seminal performances by Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Valie Export, Bruce Nauman and Gina Pane -- in the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum.

* Michael Smith presents a retrospective of his films from 1979 to the present at Anthology Film Archives.

* Christian Holstad performs Free Play, a "self-portrait masquerading as a public jukebox" at a venue to be announced.

* South African artist Berni Searle shows About to Forget and Home and Away, two multiple-screen projections, at the Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts on Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side.

* Coco Fusco and Bernar Venet perform in "Listen Up! Lectures as Performance" at the Kitchen in Chelsea.

* Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid shows Reset, a reconstruction of Nam June Paik’s 1971 performance TV Cello (starring Charlotte Moorman), at a venue to be announced.

* The Viennese art collective Gelatin installs a "copy-duplicator-transformation machine," which allows visitors to insert any object for duplication by human operators in the machine, at Leo Koenig Inc. on West 23rd Street in Chelsea.

* Albanian-Kosovan artist Sislej Xhafa presents Yellow Associates in Motion, the artist’s first live performance in New York, for which a truckload of actors dressed as lawyers tour the city, using a megaphone to call out lawyers’ names from the Yellow Pages.

* Tamy Ben-Tor, one of the young stars of "Greater New York 2005" at P.S. 1, presents Electroyiddish and Exotica, the Rat and the Liberal at Salon 94.

* Artists Space, Participant, the Swiss Institute and White Box are all presenting multiple performance series by young artists.

* "Not for Sale: Writing on Performance and New Media" is a pair of panels presented at NYU with Tate Modern curator Catherine Wood, critic Katy Siegel, Walker Art Center curator Philippe Vergne, critics Margo Jefferson and John Rockwell and others.

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The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin has opened a unique survey of the work of painter Jörg Immendorff on the occasion of his 60th birthday. On view Sept. 23, 2005-Jan. 22, 2006, "Male Lago - Unsichbarer Beitrag" features six pavilions and a freestanding wall, custom-designed by Immendorff (they are reminiscent of his early designs for a "LIDL City") and installed in the Nationalgalerie’s glass-enclosed upper hall. Red-painted pathways lined with monkey sculptures connect each pavilion, which contain works from different periods, including the celebrated "Café Deutschland" series from 1976-83. The show is accompanied by a 900-page catalogue published by Verlag Walther König, designed largely by the artist himself.

The Art Dealers Association of America is running a panel on collecting video art as part of its "Collectors’ Forum" series. Scheduled for Oct. 6, 2005, "Four Perspectives on Video and Installation Art: Creating, Collecting, Exhibiting and Selling" is moderated by art advisor Allan Schwartzman and features art dealer Roland Augustine, collector Eileen Cohen, Whitney Museum film and video curator Chrissie Iles and artist John Pilson. Admission is $15; the panel takes place at Luhring Augustine gallery on West 24th Street in Manhattan. For details, see

"Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering from NASA’s Aeronautical Research," Oct. 7-Dec. 17, 2005, an exhibition of nearly 100 wind tunnel models and other artifacts, opens at Pratt Manhattan Gallery at 144 West 14th Street in New York. The who is co-organized by John Zukowsky, chief curator of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum; Tom Dixon, director of the exhibition for NASA; and Tony Springer, director of NASA’s Centennial of Flight Activities.

The National Palace Museum in Taiwan is celebrating its 80th birthday with a $21.4 million renovation designed to increase exhibition area by 25 percent in its Ming Dynasty-style facility, whose architecture is inspired by the Imperial Palace in Peking. Completion of the overhaul is scheduled for June 2006, with the new building inaugurated by three exhibitions: "Painting and Calligraphy of the Northern Sung Dynasty," "Ju Ware from the Northern Sung Dynasty" and "Sung Dynasty Printed Rare Books." The Palace Museum holds 650,000 works.

The new James Nicholson Gallery opens at 547 West 27th Street in New York’s in Chelsea art district with "Set It Off," Oct. 6-Nov. 23, 2005, a group show featuring works by Anna Amadio, Maria Bussman, Monika Goetz, Olen Hsu, Meridith Pingree and Christoph Schreiber. Nicholson originally founded the gallery two years ago in San Francisco; gallery director is Tanja Weingärtner.

The new Chung King Project opens at 936 Chung King Road in Chinatown in Los Angeles on Oct. 8, 2005, with a show of works by British artist Samuel Porritt. The project is a collaboration between Mihai Nicodim, who runs Kontainer in L.A.; Nicholas Baker and Zoe Foster of fa projects in London; and Friedrich Loock of Wohnmaschine in Berlin. Other artists on the schedule are Florian Merkel, Bob and Roberta Smith, Yoshihiro Suda, David Burrows and Tom Chamberlain. For more info, contact Nicodim at

New York artist James De La Vega is well known in El Barrio in Spanish Harlem for his murals, paintings and chalked sidewalk graffiti; "Become Your Dream" is one of his trademark slogans. Now, a victim of rising rents, De La Vega is moving his store from 104th Street and Lexington Avenue to 102 St. Mark’s Place in the East Village. The old shop -- to be replaced by a Papaya King restaurant -- sold De La Vega’s artworks and t-shirts, and the artist often painted his metal store gates with political messages, including a critique of New York mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer

Monica Bonvicini has won the Berlin Nationalgalerie’s $50,000 Preis für junge Kunst 2005 [see "Young Berlin," Sept. 23, 2005]. Bonvicini’s installation of leather and industrial chains, the jury said, "satisfies all the formal criteria of constructed sculpture. The forceful use of the grid. . . the play of light on the surface of the metal, and the sensuality of the leather hammocks. . . ."

Scholars, got something special to say about caricature and cartoon? The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon of the Library of Congress is accepting applications for its $15,000 graduate fellowship for scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon for 2006-07. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2006. For details, see the Swan Foundation website.

Philippe Bradshaw, 39, British artist known for multimedia installations featuring "chain tapestries," died from unknown causes in Paris -- his body was found in the Seine on Aug. 25, 2005. A student at Goldsmiths College during 1985-88, Bradshaw collaborated with Andrea Mason for several years before becoming known for his own provocative works, curtains of aluminum chains colored with images drawn from art history, pornography and other sources. He exhibited in New York at Deitch Projects and in Paris at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

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