AK-5thAveAnselm Kiefer in Rockefeller Center.

RoyalWeddingStampIssued by the British Post Office on the day of their 1981 wedding.


Robert Indiana (1929-2018)
Artwork: 1965 Museum of Modern Art Christmas Card (silkscreen).

Sotheby's-SafeThe man’s “I Am Safe” t-shirt belies the proliferation of copies and fakes being sold at NYC auction houses these days. Copies and fakes have always been around, what’s new is the extent to which auction houses are building their businesses on bogus lots, while opting not to present more legitimate works.

A recent example saw a journalist/collector rebuffed by Sotheby’s, days before the May 15 Impressionist & Modern Day Sale, when trying to share absolute proof that a Degas lot was a copy and not an original drawing. On the day of the sale, Sotheby’s did change the “perfect” provenance to reflect the information given by the journalist/collector. But the sale went ahead and the lot was sold.

GrandCentralGrandCentral2Grand Central Station – May 15, 2018


BalletHispanicoCarolineHerreraBallet Hispanico, the Latin Dance organization, held their Carnaval Gala 2018 on Monday evening at the Plaza Hotel. Honorees included Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Carolina Herrera, and Marcos Torres.

NYIFF18aShakespeareWallahThe Indo-American Arts Council is presenting the 18th New York Indian Film Festival this week, at Village East, with seven days of screenings (78 films), post-screening discussions, panels and after-parties. This year’s line-up includes tributes to Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor, along with Oscar winning filmmaker James Ivory.

RockefellerCollectionRockefellerCollection-AntiquesRockefellerRockefeller2Those interested in antique (brown) furniture, might find some deals among the Rockefeller Collection — with sales going on at Christie’s through May 11.

TEFAF18TEFAF18bTEFAF18cAt the Park Avenue Armory through May 8.

Artwork (top): John Currin, Gagosian Gallery; (bottom): Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery

Degas-ThreeDancersDegas-LesDessinsEdgar Degas (1834-1917), a leading figure in modern art, was an innovator — but very much rooted in tradition. His contribution to the world of art offers access to the world of grace, for the sensitive observer.

Several years after Degas’ passing his friend Henri Riviere (also a painter and printmaker) reproduced 100 Degas works, in a tour-de-force project of 250 portfolios. Woodside Fine Art has one of the portfolios — with 77 original reproductions. Subjects include the full gamut of Degas’ oeuvre: from ballet dancers to bathers; cabaret singers to cotton traders.