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GOK-NYBGThe City of New York is seeking female candidates, to honor with a statue in Central Park. We recommend the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), who spent several decades of her long and fruitful life in NYC — and as a true feminist worked hard, was excellent at what she did, and got along with men.

The photo is from a recent Georgia O’Keeffe talk at the New York Botanical Garden.

NYBG-GOK1NYBG-GOK2In 1939, the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe spent 3 months painting in Hawaii, as part of an artist series commissioned by the Dole Pineapple Company. Two of her Hawaii pictures (out of 20 made) were used in print ads for the company. The New York Botanical Garden has recently brought together the fruits of O’Keeffe’s time in Hawaii, in a show that runs through October 28, 2018.NYBG-GOKEspecially noteworthy are the “Waterfall” paintings, which seem more personal, prefiguring O’Keeffe’s important “Black Place” paintings of the 1940s.

AK-5thAveAnselm Kiefer in Rockefeller Center.

Sotheby's-SafeThe man’s “I Am Safe” t-shirt belies the proliferation of copies and fakes being sold by NYC auction houses these days. Copies and fakes have always been around, what’s new is the extent to which auction houses are centering their businesses on bogus lots, while opting not to present more legitimate works.

A recent example saw a journalist/collector rebuffed by Sotheby’s, days before the May 15 Impressionist & Modern Day Sale, when trying to share absolute proof that a Degas lot was a copy and not an original drawing. On the day of the sale, Sotheby’s did change the “perfect provenance” to reflect the information given by said journalist/collector. But the sale went ahead and the lot was sold.

NYIFF18aShakespeareWallahThe Indo-American Arts Council is presenting the 18th New York Indian Film Festival this week, at Village East, with seven days of screenings (78 films), post-screening discussions, panels and after-parties. This year’s line-up includes tributes to Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor, along with Oscar winning filmmaker James Ivory.

TEFAF18TEFAF18bTEFAF18cAt the Park Avenue Armory through May 8.

Artwork (top): John Currin, Gagosian Gallery; (bottom): Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery

Degas-ThreeDancersDegas-LesDessinsEdgar Degas (1834-1917), a leading figure in modern art, was an innovator — but very much rooted in tradition. His contribution to the world of art offers access to the world of grace, for the sensitive observer.

Several years after Degas’ passing his friend Henri Riviere (also a painter and printmaker) reproduced 100 Degas works, in a tour-de-force project of 250 portfolios. Woodside Fine Art has one of the portfolios — with 77 original reproductions. Subjects include the full gamut of Degas’ oeuvre: from ballet dancers to bathers; cabaret singers to cotton traders.

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DanielRichDanielRich3DanielRich2Daniel Rich at Peter Blum Gallery.

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