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AyanoSudo2014a (2)Japanese art photographer Ayano Sudo at the AIPAD Photography Show. She is represented by Picture Photo Space from Osaka, Japan.

Ms. Sudo’s work oscillates between the Japanese ‘kitty’ and the Western ‘pussy’ ways of being (and non-being).

AIPAD2014JacksonFineArtThe Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) is at the Park Avenue Armory through April 13 with eighty-four fine art photography galleries from around the world.

AIPAD2014Turbeville (2)Of special note is the work of Deborah Turbeville (who passed away last October) at the Staley-Wise Gallery.

BalletHispanico2014a (2)BalletHispanico2014Ballet Hispanico, considered the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, held their Spring Gala this evening at New York’s Plaza Hotel.

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.

BalletHispanico2014fThis year’s celebration is themed: “Community Partnership Through the Arts.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

YouYou2014Czech Center New York presents: You. Never Too Close., the work of Czech photographers: Roman Franc, Gabriela Kolcavova, Vojtech V. Slama and Ondrej Zizka, through April 27, 2014.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

4. Oskar Kokoschka, Self-Portrait for Der Sturm, 1910 (2)Degenerate Art: The Attack On Modern Art In Nazi Germany, 1937 is at the Neue Galerie, through June 30, 2014.

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

6. Adolf Ziegler, The Four Elements, 1937 (2)

AnnHamilton2014aOneEveryone (2)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.

KenCurrie (2)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

FountainArtFair2014People 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)

TheArmoryArtShow2014iTheArmoryShow2014cTheArmoryShow2014gTheArmoryShow2014China (2)“I can’t tell what is real and what isn’t real.” —overheard at the VIP preview of the 2014 Armory Art Show

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

Spring-BreakArtFairArtFair2014dSpring-BreakArtShow2014Spring-BreakArtFair2014cThe Old School is once again home to the Spring/Break Art Show (March 4-9) in conjunction with Armory Arts Week.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


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