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Visual artist Ann Hamilton was back at the Park Avenue Armory last week, doing photographic portraits, during The Art Show. New Yorkers will recall The Event of a Thread, Ann’s wildly popular performance art installation of 2012.
Ms. Hamilton’s portraits of show goers, part of the ONEEVERYONE series, was done in conjunction with The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Carl Solway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her use of a thermoplastic polyurethane membrane (Duraflex) between her subjects and the camera helped to create an especially ethereal effect.
Mr. Thain was the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange (2004-07) and then CEO of Merrill Lynch in 2008. Merrill lost $15 billion in the 4th Quarter of ’08 but managed to be acquired by Bank of America, after a $138 billion infusion from the government. Thain was called out for having spent $1.2 million for his office furniture that year — $35,000 for a gold-plated commode.
Flowers Gallery in NYC is presenting new paintings by Scottish artist Ken Currie (photo). This body of work, with notes of Velazquez and Stephen King, is grotesque and profound, dealing with portraiture and power in the age of surveillance cameras and selfies. Too bad it wasn’t in The Armory Art Show.
The gallery’s owner, Matthew Flowers, told LE that once again his gallery was denied access. We suspect it may have something to do with Flowers Gallery holding exhibits in recent years for artists whose work exposed the horrors of Guantanamo. Perhaps the gallery has been blacklisted, as America’s anarchists (even in the art world) become fascists.
Photograph: Stephen Wise
People paid to throw tomatoes at this man, reading Nietzsche, at the Fountain Art Fair today—which might be seen as progress given that many Americans, and their leaders, are emulating Nietzsche’s insane thinking, whether they know it or not.
“What is good? Everything that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? Everything that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome. Not contentedness but more power; not peace but war; not virtue but fitness.” Friedrich Nietzche (1844-1900)
The Armory Show, which runs through Sunday March 9, features 205 galleries from 27 countries. This year’s focus is on China, and includes 17 established and emerging galleries.
Gallery Yang, from Beijing, is presenting an installation by Liang Shuo (bottom photo). We are told that the work is commentary on the “disorientation” Liang Shuo felt on his return to China, after spending some time in Amsterdam.
Photographs: Stephen Wise
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s statement today, that the U.S. “expects other nations to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and avoid provocative actions,” is interesting given that the U.S. has been a serial violator of sovereignty for all of the 21st century — from Iraq to Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Iran (cyber), Syria and now even Ukraine — having supported the coup there.
American policy makers, increasingly guided by Jews who see themselves as priests for the world, are setting aside the U.S Constitution, the U.N. Charter and Natural Law in their efforts to re-design the world and reshuffle its leadership deck.
“This concept of priesthood provides the model for Israel’s self-image and for its role among the nations of the world.” Nahum M. Sarna, Exploring Exodus (Shocken Books, 1986)
On a recent trip to the United Nation, LE asked an Egyptian diplomat: “Was it a mistake to get rid of Mubarak?” He said “yes.” We then asked: “Is the Arab Spring with its coups and attempted coups in Egypt, Libya, Syria and now Ukraine (engineered by outside parties) a violation of the U.N. Charter?” Without hesitating he said “yes.”
“Individual liberty, freed from all bonds and all laws, all objective and social values, is in reality only a death-dealing anarchy.” Pope Pius XII, 1951