MaryHrbacekRecent works from Mary Hrbacek, at Paris Koh Fine Art.

SpiritOfStLouisOn this day ninety years ago, US airmail pilot Charles Lindberg (‘Lucky Lindy’) — having taken off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island the day before — landed at Le Bourget Aerdrome, Paris, after a 33 hour flight.

Years later in his book, The Spirit of Saint Louis, Mr. Lindberg comments: “We have seen the aircraft, to which we devoted our lives, destroying the civilization that created them. We realize the very efficiency of our machines threatens the character of the men who build and operate them.”

President Trump’s commitment to sell Saudi Arabia $350 billion in weapons, on this anniversary weekend, is further proof of that.

CubaJacksonHeights-PostOfficeJacksonHeights-PostOffice3Just feet from a flea market — with a vendor selling Cuban cigars and Che Guevara currency — the Jackson Heights post office on Saturday hosted local and national politicians in a renaming ceremony for the Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building. Their son Morty (1951-1992) was a prominent gay activist and assistant New York State attorney general. The (July 2016) document renaming the post office took an act of congress and signature from then president Obama.

 

MelBochner3MelBochnerMel Bochner, the American artist who brought the world: Blah, Blah, Blah, seen in action at Two Palms Press. His show “Voices” is at Peter Freeman in Soho, through June 10.

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StandardMachsor1925Reflecting on the Modern State of Israel @ 69.

The editors of Chaim Weitzmann: Statesman of the Jewish Renaissance  (The Zionist Library, 1974), refer to the 19th century Jewish philosopher Ahad Ha’am who suggested that what “preserved the Jewish nation during the 2000 years of the Diaspora and enabled the Jewish people to retain a unity which transcends geographical, political and economic diversity was the unity of cultural heritage.” He noted that the Jewish sages realized the survival of the Jewish people, which could not be based on military power, on economic strength or political influence could be placed on a cultural foundation.” And for that they needed to fulfill a “spiritual mission.”

But having rebelled against the Spirit (old and new), except to claim the land, many Jews are pursuing redemption and freedom, change and newness, through materialism (including Marxism, feminism & Iron Dome) rejecting the way to be truly free, and new. The results have been calamitous for individuals, communities and the world.

“Amen. amen, I say that unless a man be born again of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5

Artwork: The Standard Machsor, 1925

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Grads-2017aGrads-2017bSVA Graduation – May 9, 2017

ProvenceWinesKnown for le rose’, producers from Provence are also making some fine red blends. Two that we like are Chateau Real d’Or, 2013, a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Grenache, and Monaco Le Rocher, 2014, from the same producer.

Christie's7Christie's2Christie's3Christie's-SpiegelChristie's2017aSome lots from the upcoming Modern & Contemporary auctions to be held in the coming days at Christie’s NY. Highlights include Constantin Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse, 1909-11 (second from top).

 

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