Sotheby's2016cThe day after Basquiat’s Despues de un Puno was pulled from their London Evening Sale, Sotheby’s stock price fell to $18.86, before closing at $19.15.


VINO2016eVINO2016bVINO2016VINO2016cThe 5th edition of Italian Wine Week featured dozens of fine producers from throughout Italy, who are making excellent and relatively inexpensive wines, but because of the three-tier system are unable to enter the NY market.

The best hope for producers and wine lovers is a new channel that allows shipments direct to consumers.

NYTBNew York Theatre Ballet, including Zhong-Jing Fang, will be performing at New York Live Arts February 24-27.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Desole2Domeneco and Eleanor De Sole have entered into an agreement that ends all claims against Ann Freedman over their $8.4 million purchase of a bogus Rothko painting from the Knoedler gallery in 2004. The suit against the gallery continues.

Why was there a settlement? Perhaps it was a sincere attempt on the part of Ms. Freedman to make the De Soles whole again. Perhaps the De Soles knew that if the case had gone to the jury, they might have found Ms. Freedman guilty of fraud, but they might also have opted not to award damages to the De Soles — because of mitigating circumstances, like the fact that the De Sole’s art adviser had authenticated the fake Rothko painting purchased by them.

Update 2/10/16: The De Soles have now settled with Knoedler & Co. gallery too.

Warhol-MorganPhotograph: Stephen Wise

SlowWine2016cSlowWine2016aSlowWine2016b.JPGThe Italian “Slow Wine” road show rolled into NYC this week. With a snail as its symbol, Slow Wine has become a designation for Italian cellars that farm their vineyards and make their wines ‘green and clean.’

Among the wines that were tasting well were: Zidarich Terano 2013, Castel di Salve Primitivo 2012, Villa Venti Sangiovese 2012.

LegalTech2016eAs legal professionals gathered at Legal Tech this week, to share best practices on managing risk through e-discovery and data security, LE asked (female) representatives of “Discover Ready” if Hillary Clinton would be ferreted out by their algorithms. They assured us she would be.

DavidAnfamDr. David Anfam, recognized authority on the paintings of Mark Rothko and Senior Curator at the Clyfford Still Museum, testified today at the De Sole/Knoedler art fraud trial going on in Manhattan.

Commenting on Freedman’s efforts, as president of the now defunct Knoedler Gallery, to get a burnt ‘Clyfford Still painting’ into the Clyfford Still Museum, he quipped: “It’s a bit rich…an alleged fragment of an alleged Clyfford Still painting into the Clyfford Still Museum.”

NYNow2016aThe Gift show, with 2400 exhibiting companies from 65 countries, at the Javits Center through Feb, 3.

SelwynDance2016fSelwynDance2016nSelwynDance2016lSelwynDance2016jAmanda Selwyn Dance Theatre held their annual White Night 2016 fundraiser Thursday evening. Ms. Selwyn’s lastest work Refuge, inspired by Francesco Clemente’s Encampment, Refuge, was presented.

In addition to creating entertainment, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre offers arts-in-education programming through Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre to children in NYC public schools.

Photographs: Stephen Wise




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