Greenberg-GillPhotographic works by Leslie Gill, Francis McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle at Howard Greenberg Gallery through July 7, 2017.

TasteNY11TasteNYTasteNY10TasteNY9TasteNY2TasteNY5Among the many excellent products at this year’s Taste NY were Mercers wine ice cream and “KAS” Traditional Krupnikas, a handcrafted spiced honey liqueur — like from the old country.

RoseDrinking Rose’ wines can be a counterintuitive experience. Given the color, it’s easy to think, watery and sweet, but the good ones are dry, complex, structured and glorious, especially with food. Corsica is a go-to place for Rose’, but Germany and Greece are right there as well, with local varietals and styles that make for memorable Rose’ experiences. Three that we like: Meyer-Nakel Rose’ 2016 Spatburgunder Ahr, Wagner Stemple Rose’ 2016 Gutswein, and Kechris Rose’ 2016 Restina-Xinomauro

LatinAmericanArtGeorgeTookerGeorgiaO'Keeffe-PotFeathersWith Latin America dominating the American art scene, two works by American artists George Tooker and Georgia O’Keeffe, being sold at Christie’s and Sotheby’s today, are especially noteworthy.

MaryHrbacekRecent works by 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, might be seen as 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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Reflecting 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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