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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.

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AnnFreedmanDomenicoDeSole2Picasso once said: “In my case a picture is the sum of destructions.” For Ann Freedman, leaving court in Manhattan today, the sum of destructions is dozens of fake master artworks from the ‘Rosales Collection’ — that she sold from 1994-2008, with wreckage for collectors in the tens of millions of dollars.

The trial underway this week concerns a fake Rothko, Untitled, sold by Freedman in 2004, while president of Knoedler & Company, to Domenico De Sole, Chairman of Sotheby’s (bottom photo) for $8.4 million. The plaintiff is seeking $25 million in damages.

The job of the jury in this case, to work through reams of evidence and deceptions — and deliver justice, will be especially daunting. After the first day of testimony, one of the jurors, claiming to have had a nervous breakdown, left the the trial.

It seems the outcome of the trial will hinge on whether the defense can prove that Freedman was duped by the forgers, and some art experts, thereby selling fake paintings unknowingly, or the plaintiff can prove that Freedman acted knowingly in a cabal with the forgers and art experts, in ways that defrauded collectors and museums (Mr. De Sole in particular).

At least five other plaintiff’s law suits, brought by parties that bought fake paintings from the gallery, have been settled by Ms. Freedman & Knoedler.

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GrandCruDeBordeaux2016aGrandCrusDeBordeaux2016Just hours after a record setting blizzard pummeled the East coast of the U.S., some of the world’s leading, and most intrepid, wine producers made their way to Mid-town Manhattan, from Bordeaux, via Montreal to present their 2013 wines.

In Bordeaux, 2013 was a challenging year for reds, better for whites. Many of the producers in the room made excellent wines in a difficult year. We especially liked the Chateau Beychevelle, Rouge; Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Blanc; Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne, Sauternes.

Snow2016-ArtistSnow2016fChinese American artist (formerly Pre-K art teacher) in action in Queens, NY.


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