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StaleyWise-Women2StaleyWise-Women7Staley-Wise Gallery is presenting an important show of art photography by eminent women fashion photographers and photojournalists, through August 31. Especially noteworthy is a photograph of an Iraqi refugee by Diana Markosian (bottom photo).

Morgan-JamesMorgan-James3Colm Tobin, noted author and curator of Henry James & American Painting, introduced the show yesterday at the Morgan Museum and Library.

Henry James (1843-1916), ex-pat American writer and brother of William James, resided mostly in England. He had a circle of painter friends, among them John LaFarge, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler, who as the show points out were important influences of his literary output.

The Morgan has assembled a strong array of over 50 works by these and other artists that connect some dots — giving greater insight, context and meaning to Henry Jame’s work, and the movements of Western art at the turn of the century.

An interesting footnote: On the occasion of Jame’s 70th birthday, his friends commissioned John Singer Sargent to make his portrait (top photo). Not long after the painting had been completed, a “peaceable looking lady wielding a meat-cleaver…cut three ugly gashes in it.” She was a militant suffragette, who on learning the value of the Sargent picture said she “had wished to show the public that they have no security for their property, nor for their art treasures, until women are given their political freedom.”

“Arrange as I would, and take the precautions I would, she always came out, in my pictures, too tall—landing me in the dilemma of having represented a fascinating woman as seven feet high…” Henry James, The Real Thing (1892)

ASL17bASL17ASL17cASL17dASL17fRed Dot Exhibition – June 6, 2017

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

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.

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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Christie's7Christie's2Christie's3Christie's-SpiegelChristie's2017aSome lots from the upcoming Modern & Contemporary auctions to be held in the coming days at Christie’s NY. Highlights include Constantin Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse, 1909-11 (second from top).

 

Sotheby'sSotheby's2Sotheby's3With the auction house $1.2 billion in debt, and investors being advised to “get out” of Sotheby’s, operations are more and more Dadaesque.

“Dadaism is a stratagem by which the artist can impart to the citizen something of the inner unrest which prevents the artist himself from being lulled to sleep by custom and routine. By means of external stimuli, he can compensate for the citizen’s lack of inner urgency and vitality, and shake him into new life.” Udo Kukser, Dada-Almanch, 1920

In the case of Sotheby’s the “external stimuli” comes from borrowed pension fund money that will never be paid back, given the existing shareholder first business model. And the “new life” proposed by Dadaism is actually nothingness that comes from rebelling against life itself.

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