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AIPAD2015lAIPAD2015s“Some company recently was interested in buying my “aura.” They didn’t want my product. They kept saying, “We want your aura.” I never figured out what they wanted. But they were willing to pay a lot for it. So then I thought that if somebody was willing to pay that much for my it, I should try to figure out what it is.” Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (Harvest,1975)

The scene inside and outside the Park Avenue Armory and AIPAD today.

New York street photographer Louis Mendes in action (bottom photo).

Photographs: Stephen Wise

NYAntiquarianBookFair2015aThe 55th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair runs through April 12, 2015 at the Park Avenue Armory.

“He felt so uneasy, deep inside his stomach, that he could not think about it anymore. He wished he hadn’t done it. He wished he could get back and not do anything of the kind.” James Agee, Death in the Family, (McDowell, Obolensky New York, 1957)

While walking the show one couldn’t help but wonder about the billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars spent over the years in the U.S. on education and ‘intelligence’—supposedly to enlighten people, only to have many opt for untruthfulness.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

KissSoHo, NYC – 4/7/15

CGI2013Livni“Our habits of thought forbid our entry into the most habitable regions in which we are most truly at home and ourselves.” Gabriel Marcel

Hopefully a Herzog/Livni victory will help Jews of Israel become their best self. But for that to really happen they need “a movement of return, a return to the body and broken moorings—created by withdrawal and self-origination”—then through participation, not self-affirmation, will they find true peace and fulfillment.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

 

HailTheQueensIn a March 8, 2015 Wall Street Journal Op-ed, A Better World Ruled by Women, Dr. Melvin Konner writes: “There is every reason to think that a future national hierarchy staffed and led by women who no longer have to imitate men, dealing with other nations similarly transformed, would be less likely to go to war. But that’s not all. Sex scandals, financial corruption and violence are all overwhelmingly male.”

Many people are taking such infantile thinking seriously and further impoverishing men and women through egoism, rather than seeking to be healthy together. Ironically, healthy well-adjusted women would not seek or even tolerate national hierarchies, staffed and led exclusively by women. Such silliness is the province of misguided persons, with identity issues, who should not be teaching at universities or leading nations.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

MANA-Newsom

Artwork by: John Newsom, MANA Contemporary

Photograph: Stephen Wise

HelmutNewton-TVMurderCannesBonhams held an auction: The Art of Fashion Photography, in New York City yesterday. It featured works by a who’s who line-up of photographers from: William Klein and Horst P. Horst, to David LaChapelle and Rankin. At least one third of the lots were unsold. Many others went for around the low estimate. The top seller, for $20,000 (plus fees), was TV, Murder, Cannes (1975) by Helmut Newton (1920-2004).

March-Justice121414The protest marches, disruptions, vandalism and violence are less about correcting injustices than about anarchy and power, even hatred.

“F**ck the justice system. F**ck the police!” Nunu (friend of Eric Garner)

The NYPD is not alone in needing a culture change. Fascism is not the answer, but neither is Bolshevism.

FDNY-ProfessionalServicesThe FDNY responded to a fire in Woodside, Queens today, amid reports that FDNY physical standards, in response to political pressure, are being relaxed, even eliminated, to get more women through the Fire Academy.

Today’s female activists for ‘equality’often times burn down the house to feel good about themselves, while betraying the sacred wisdom that should be theirs.

ProtestNYc2014aProtestsNYC2014Self-preservationists (including Cops) and activists are turning to self-assertion—leading to: “FU–I Am King” (and the ultimate loss of themselves), rather than transforming society by being good.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

 

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