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The evening’s program included a sneak peak at original costumes created by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez for choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s new work El Beso.
Photographs: Stephen Wise
In trying to marginalize the ‘degenerate’ artists of his day, and seduce his nation, Hitler winds up channeling Dorian Gray and revealing his own degeneracy — and that of the Nazi project.
Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) Poster with Self-Portrait for Der Sturm magazine, 1910
Adolf Ziegler (1892-1959) The Four Elements
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.
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