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GeorgiaOKeeffe-JimsonWeed1GeorgiaOKeeffe-Sotheby'sIn describing Lot #11 of today’s American Art Auction at Sotheby’s, the program reads: “In Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (from 1932), O’Keeffe transforms the poisonous into the sublime.”

When the bidding was over, the amount on the board was $39,500,000 ($44,400,000, with fees for Sotheby’s).

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ConchaYToro-DonMelchorConchaYToro-Enrique (2)The Wine Spectator announced its Top 100 Wines of 2014 on Monday. Topping the list was Dows 2011 Vintage Porto, an unusual choice with few if any bottles available. Dows has already released the 2012. But coming in at #9 was a favorite of ours, Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Don Melchor, which is available at Zachy’s for $125, as of last night (while supplies last).

Don Melchor Technical Director (Winemaker): Enrique Tirado Santelices


BarbarianWomenAs seen on Madison Ave., November 16, 2014

SalonArt&Design2014aSalonArt&Design2014hSalonArt&Design2014dSalonArt&Design2014eThis year’s Salon Art & Design, at the Park Avenue Armory, has brought together 55 galleries from around the world and runs through November 17.

Some of the important items at the show include: a sofa by Karre Klint, a painting (top) by Giorgio De Chirico, and the Red Billet Armchair by Gerrit Rietveld (1924).

Christie'sAmericanArt2014Christie'sAmericanArtAmerican Art Auction at Christie’s — November 19, 2014

Photographs: Stephen Wise

GeorgiaOKeeffe1GeorgiaO'Keeffe-CallaLillies1924 (2)GeorgiaOKeeffe-JimsonWeed (2)In 1916, when Alfred Stieglitz was presented with charcoal drawings done by a young Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), he exclaimed: “finally a woman on paper!”

Ms. O’Keeffe’s independence, personal struggles, and unique aesthetic made her a symbol of the “new woman,” according to art critic Barbara Rose in 1967.

With gender neutrality de rigueur and pernicious in America today, Georgia O’Keeffe’s life and work are as relevant as ever.

There are several New York art auctions scheduled for the coming days, that include major works by O’Keeffe, among them: Calla Lilies-1924 at Christie’s Nov. 19 (middle), and Jimson Weed-1932 (bottom photo) at Sotheby’s, Nov. 20.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ifpda2014iifpda2014fThe International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA 2014 edition), with works ranging from Durer to Hirst, is underway at the Park Avenue Armory, Nov. 6-9.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

5Pointz102814a5Pointz103114The LIC building that for 10+ years housed the 5 Pointz graffiti family is in the final stage of being demolished, after being whitewashed last November.

5Pointz2013dEach rip of the METRO equipment seems to gnash at the spirit and hopes of the artists (and community) — whose participation had made it special place.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ICP-Cafe1ICP-Cafe (2)International Center of Photography (Cafe) — October 29, 2014

The cup reads: “We love having you here.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise


IFAAS2014eIFAAS2014cIFAAS2014IFAAS2014dThe 26th International Fine Art & Antiques Show runs through October 23, 2014 at the Park Avenue Armory.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


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