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GuggenheimGuggenheim-MagritteGuggenheim2Visionaries: Create a Modern Guggenheim, is an exhibit presenting the early years (1929-1949) and collections that set the stage for the museum’s creation, and with it surrealism and expressionism in America.

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Wines-SpainClosLentiscusWines-SpainMinatoIncreasing numbers of wine producers from Spain are innovating in the right direction, which means cleaner wines (with fewer or no additives). The results are joyful for mind, body, and soul. From a recent tasting Manel Avinyo’s Clos Lentiscus (Methode Champenoise) sparkling wines were superb, with no sulfites. Also of note were two Mencia blends: Nanclares Minato de Rana 2014, Ribeira Sacra and Cobero Tinto 2013, VdT Valle de Liebane. In the Minato, Mencia is blended with Garnacha. In the Cobero Tinto, Mencia is blended with Palomino.

There’s more to good wine than ‘just good taste,’ and these wines from Spain embody that.

JaneFreud2JaneFreud3Jane McAdam Freud, the British sculptor and great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, gave talk on Object Authority to NYU’s Graduate Art Therapy Program last week. She shared slides of her recent work and the notion of found objects as instructors — weaving in Freud’s theory of the “thing,” and how we are affected by the image of the object on a preconscious and unconscious level.

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StPatrick'sDay17bStPatrick'sDay17On the day named for the saint who brought Catholicism to a pagan and warlike people (beginning in 432 AD), one can see the ongoing struggle between faith and rebellion playing out in the hearts and minds of the Irish.

Russian-BorisKustodiyev1918One-hundred years after a Marx inspired revolution replaced the Romanovs with Marx inspired anarchy and tyranny — the rebellion continues, with false notions of freedom and rights ushering in domination, division, and destruction, as seen in the Arab Spring and Black Lives Movement. Thus, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “while throwing off the bonds of convention, and standing free from all allegiance to established religion, law, order, patriotism, and learning, she promptly uses her freedom to put on a heavier set of chains.”

Artist: Boris Kustodiyev, Merchant’s Wife at Tea, 1918

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AntiquarianBookFair17Trump’s decision to send more American troops into Syria, ostensibly to defeat ISIS, is part of a larger double game that supports malevolent Saudi interests, including the work if IS, which in Syria means partitioning the country.

AsiaArtWeek-Christies.JPGAsiaArtWeek-Christies1Lokanatha Avalokiteshvara from Northeastern India, Pala Period, 12th Century, to be sold at Christie’s NY, 3/14.

Update 03/15/17: “Compassion” sold for $21,800,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

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