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RendellKenneth W. Rendell, the venerable Upper East Side purveyor of autographs, historical letters, and documents, is no more.

NoBillsOver20The universe of those interested in historical U.S. documents is getting smaller, just as the number of establishments willing to take U.S. $50 & $100 bills (Grant & Franklin) is getting smaller.

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.

AffordableArtFair2014e (2)AffordableArtFair2014f (2)AffordableArtFair2014 (2)Now in its fifteenth year, the Affordable Art Fair (April 2-6) features 78 international galleries with works ranging from $100-$5000 — at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

TarasShevchenkoNYCTarasShevchenko2TarasShevchenko (2)The Ukranian Institute of America is hosting a Taras Shevchenko Bicentennial Conference (March 28-29) in NYC.

Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861), a Ukranian poet and artist with religious status, was invoked during the Maidan revolution, which has sought to unite Ukraine with ‘Western values,’ as one Jesuit put it.

Various religious leaders, including Catholics, supported the coup in Kiev, calling it a liberation movement—invoking God, prayer, and the Virgin Mary, as protesters forced Viktor Yanukovych from office, which seems somewhat disingenuous given how un-Christian Western values and the revolutionary movements have become.

Western values have historically been linked with Nature and Truth. Today the West is in revolt against both.

 

HawksNYC2014 (2)StreetHockeyNYCPhotographs: Stephen Wise

StPatricksGreenwichVillage (2)Our bold digital age, driven by egos and algos, is producing an endless stream of patients and perps — inverted and empowered. The resulting pathology needs healthy doses of truth, charity, and human solidarity.

If the St. Patrick’s Parade organizers are truly guided by the spirit of St. Patrick, they might consider letting the LGBT community march openly in next year’s parade.

It takes a village to recover reality, and advance the healing (of persons and society), so needed in the US.

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)

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)

LindsayLohan-PhotogsLindsayLohan1Lindsay Lohan in Soho today.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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

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