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MAY 2010

ARTNET INSIDER by Rosetta Stone

The art market is open 24/7 at artnet Auctions, which launched its spring sale of modern and contemporary art on May 11, 2010. New lots range from the expressionistic -- a rare 1980 Jean-Michel Basquiat acrylic painting of a taxicab (est. $375,000-$475,000) -- to the hard-edge -- a pristine 36 x 52 in. Damien Hirst spot painting (est. $550,000-$750,000).

Sure to whet your appetite is Wayne Thiebaud’s unusually free-spirited Hot Dog Row from 2000 (est. $225,000-$325,000) -- these days, adults have to be in a free-spirited mood to treat themselves to something as deliciously dangerous as a hot dog. That kind of hedonism is also apparent in a lot by our most hedonistic modernist, Pablo Picasso, whose 1959 Bacchanale linocut is done in sensuous umbers, cerulean and white (est. $85,000-$95,000).

A selection of the artnet Auctions lots is on view at the Art Finance Partners (AFP) office in the Fuller Building on East 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

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As you plan your summer art itinerary, be sure to schedule some major stops in London. There, Koopman Rare Art opens "The Classical Ideal: English Silver 1760-1840," June 3-25, 2010, the first-ever exhibition devoted entirely to English neo-classical silver. Loans come from the National Trust, the Royal Collection, the Courtauld, the V&A and Sir John Soame’s Museum, which is the beneficiary of proceeds from the exhibition catalogue, authored by curator Christopher Hartop.

Also on tap for London this June are no less than three new fairs specializing in fine antiques. Florida’s own art-fair powerhouses, David and Lee Ann Lester, debut their new London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia, June 4-13, 2010, boasting a special exhibition of early-20th-century British paintings from the collection of rock heartthrob Bryan Ferry.

Art fair veterans Brian and Anna Haughton launch Art and Antiques London in a custom-built structure in Kensington Gardens opposite the Royal Albert Hall, June 9-16, 2010, and a new dealer-run initiative called Masterpiece London, June 24-29, 2010, opens at the former Chelsea Barracks in Central London.

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On the occasion of the contemporary art sales at New York’s auction houses, galleries in the Chelsea art district teamed up for a "gallery weekend," featuring extended gallery hours. The weather cooperated, and the event was most festive, with much exciting art on view.

Paula Cooper Gallery showcased a classic Mark di Suvero piece from 1964-65, the 27-foot-tall Nova Albion, made of muscular timbers rather than the artist’s more familiar orange-painted steel.

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Matthew Marks Gallery devoted its spacious West 22nd Street space to a survey of the color monoliths of the late Anne Truitt, while Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is drawing raves for its show of color abstractions by New York painter Amy Sillman.

Metro Pictures is featuring the romantic film-works of T.J. Wilcox, including one dedicated to Adele Astaire, who quit vaudeville to become Lady Cavendish, while Mitchell-Innes & Nash boasts a new show by the provocative black artist from Maine, William Pope.L.

It was "Old Home Week" at Mary Boone Gallery on West 24th Street, as David Salle presented a selection of his pioneering postmodernist paintings from the 1980s, drawing many of his ’80s colleagues to the opening, including Eric Fischl, Robert Longo and Julian Schnabel.

Gagosian Gallery pulled out all the stops, with an exhibition of Claude Monet water lily paintings at its West 21st Street space -- a museum-quality show that has wowed the critics -- and a huge survey of Roy Lichtenstein Pop art still-life paintings at the gallery on West 24th Street.

The Chelsea branches of the Pace Gallery have a double-barreled presentation of Joel Shapiro’s new, almost aeronautical color sculptures at its West 25th Street Space and Kiki Smith’s impressive suite of painted glass portraits of "the ages of women" on West 22nd. Meanwhile, Pace Prints in Chelsea is featuring a survey of new monoprints by Will Cotton.

Luhring Augustine celebrates its 25th birthday with "Twenty Five," a group exhibition of artists who have shown at the gallery, ranging from Janine Antoni, Nobuyoshi Araki and Gregory Crewdson to Rachel Whiteread, Christopher Williams and Christopher Wool.

Zach Feuer Gallery on West 24th Street presents "Another Time Man," an exhibition of works by Johannes VanDerBeek that "searches for stories with holey pockets of thought."

Elizabeth Dee Gallery has a not-to-be-missed show of new works by Josephine Meckseper, an examination of the economy of automotive desire done in chrome and mirrors.

Last but not least, Tracy Williams Ltd. opens her new gallery space at 521 West 23rd Street with “Barbara Bloom: Present,” a study by the celebrated feminist conceptual artist of the dynamics of both gift-giving and the art world.

Art students: Check out artnet’s new section devoted to art schools, complete with a new listing of art programs around the world. Selections range from Aalto University in Helsinki to Yale University School of Art in New Haven. For still more tips, see "Art School Confidential" in artnet Magazine.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled
Jean-Michel Basquiat's, Untitled (Taxi Cab), 1980 on artnet Auctions


Wayne Thiebaud, Hot Dog Row
Wayne Thiebaud's Hot Dog Row, 2000 on artnet Auctions


Robert Adam, The Doncaster Cup
Robert Adam's The Doncaster Cup, 1764 lent from Anglesey Abbey by the National Trust for "The Classical Ideal" at Koopman Rare Art


Mark di Suvero, Nova Albion
Mark di Suvero's Nova Albion, 1964-65 at Paula Cooper Gallery


William Pope.L, Cusp Performance
William Pope.L's Cusp Performance at Mitchell-Innes & Nash


Claude Monet, Nympheas
Claude Monet's Nymphéas, 1906 at Gagosian Gallery


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