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Apr. 8, 2011

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The new public website ICorrect is fast becoming a place to find news from the irrepressible British artist Tracey Emin, who has now published no less than three corrections there. Most recently, she took to the site this week to reject accusations that she had "sold out” to Britain's government, a charge supposedly made by fellow Turner Prize nominee Dinos Chapman.

The teapot tempest is prompted by the Daily Telegraph gossip column, dubbed Mandrake, which quoted Chapman complaining that Emin and other YBAs had gotten altogether too chummy with the Conservative Party, which is moving to raise tuition fees for students, an issue of considerable moment in England.

According to the gossip column, Emin had won a commission from prime minister David Cameron for a neon work for 10 Downing Street -- part of a collaboration that Chapman supposedly called "criminal."

In her retort, Emin declared herself “deeply upset” by the accusation, and detailed her current efforts to support less privileged students. What's more, she pointed out that Cameron did not commission a work from her, but rather that she was donating a neon sculpture to the government arts collection, which belongs to the nation, not any one party.

You have to admit -- the dispute seems entirely fabricated by London's press provocators. But the two parties have something of a tabloid history, dating from when Jake and Dinos Chapman supposedly suggested they might remake Emin's famous Everyone I Have Ever Slept With tent sculpture after it was destroyed by fire in 2004.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced yesterday its 180 Fellows for 2011, selected from a group of some 3,000 applicants. In the past, the foundation has noted the average amount of the awards -- it was around $35,000 in 2010 -- but this year, its 87th, the fellowships were based on need, determined by a budget submitted with the application, and the foundation declined to reveal the range for the fellowship awards.   

Winners in fine arts: Ann Agee, Gregory A. Amenoff, Janine Antoni, Judith Barry, James Mark Biederman, Katherine Bradford, Rick Briggs, Beth Campbell, Janet S. Echelman, R.M. Fischer, Charles Adam Goldman, Duncan Hannah, Corin Hickory Hewitt, Bernie B. Lubell, Andrew Masullo, Jesus Mora, Endi E. Poskovic, Charles Ross, Lisa Beth Sigal and Stephen Vitiello.

Winners in photography: Karoline Karlic, Jonathan Scott Lowenstein, Richard Mosse, Pipo Hieu Nguyen-duy, Betsy Schneider, Katherine M. Turczan, Penelope Umbrico and John M.Willis.

Winners in film and video: Michelle Handelman, Don Wayne Howard, Tom Kalin Kasumi, Christopher Landreth, Peter Lucas, Bruce Raymond McClure, Jennifer McCoy, Kevin McCoy, Flash Rosenberg, Renee Elizabeth Tajima-Peña and Marina Zurkow.

Performance artists! Are you ready for the big screen? The New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) and the Big Screen Project have announced an open call for proposals from performers who want to make a five-minute-long video on the spot at the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas, May 7, 2011. The deadline for applications is Apr. 15, 2011, and the six best ideas will be selected for the “One Shot” experiment, in which each participant is given one hour to shoot as many takes of their proposed video as desired.

There’s a catch: though participants can bring their own props, lights and costumes, Big Screen Project provides the equipment -- and camera operator. At the end of the hour, each team’s best take is submitted for review to the judges -- the estimable members of the music group Ok Go! -- and the winning video is slated to be featured on NADA’s website and premiered at the Big Screen Project gigantic outdoor LED-screen behind the Eventi Hotel on 6th Avenue and 29th Street. The date of the premiere is to be announced.

Everyone's favorite illustrator and storyteller Maira Kalman brings her pop-up store -- named, officially, The Pop Up Store Called Milton -- to life in the Jewish Museum this Sunday, Apr. 10, 2011, 3-5 pm. Kalman is selling "Einstein pins, Proust posters, bouncing balls from Argentina, shoes and other ephemera of daily life," for prices between $1 and $5, with proceeds earmarked for charity.

The pop-up store is part of “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” Mar. 11-July 31, 2011, where it occupies the corner of a gallery with a series of tables and a cabinet. "Milton" is a nickname for Kalman's daughter.

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