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Visitors to The Morgan Museum and Library today inspected Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver, a painting believed to be Rembrandt’s first masterpiece.
Performance art, elaborating on notions of reality and identity in a Hopperesque world of locked-up selves, projected and augmented by terabytes of data (images), split screens and refracted backgrounds, can be found in cities and towns throughout the U.S. — but is done especially well by Bridgman/Packer Dance, with Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, premiering (in New York): Voyeur and Remembering What Never Happened — July 13, 14, 16 at the Sheen Center.
The Art Student League is presenting award-winning student work, from all the League’s classes, through June 18.
Rioult Dance returns to the Joyce Theater, with eight performances, June 21-26. Program A features Pascal Rioult’s “Women on the Edge: Unsung Heroes of the Trojan War,” including the world premiere of “Cassandra’s Curse.”
Cassandra is a prophetess, who knows what is to befall Troy and tries to warn the people but they ignore her. The work, with its contemporary echoes, includes original music by Richard Danielpour.
Sara Seger plays Casandra, and is brilliant in the role.
Frederic Dialynas Sanchez is a Spring 2016 Visual Artist-in-Residence at Topaz Arts in Woodside. Over the years, the French artist of Cretan, Spanish and Vietnamese descent, has traveled and worked (with various artists) in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The current exhibition at Topaz Arts: The Golden Age: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam presents some of Mr. Sanchez’s collaborative works, which are redolent with meaning and suffused with Indochina’s painful history since 1940.
Gallery hours are by appointment.
Aspiring artist Damien Freeman, heading home to Brooklyn, after a semester at SVA (School of Visual Art).
It’s easy to lose one’s balance — with much of the Latin American contemporary art up for auction this week in NYC. Those seeking artwork — more grounded in essential truths, might consider Mujer Meditando (bottom), by Mexican muralist Gilberto Ramirez (c.1963), available through Lotus Editions.
Art sales, this week in NYC, continue to reflect a decline in the market for American art, with works by Georgia O’Keeffe being a notable exception. Lake George Reflections (c.1921-2) sold for $12.9 million yesterday at Christie’s.
Seventy-years ago, the Museum of Modern Art, under the direction of James Johnson Sweeney, gave Georgia O’Keeffe her first retrospective at that institution. The show was a major NY happening, with over 12,000 tickets printed for the May 14, 1946 opening. Several weeks into the show, one of the MoMA board members asked Sweeney about the possibility of buying an O’Keeffe painting from the show (White Canadian Barn, 1932). Sweeney said the price would be $2500, to which the (female) board member replied that she had thought it would be “several hundred dollars.” The present work was not in that retrospective.
Note: The painting was presented at Christie’s both vertically and horizontally.
Ballet Hispanico, billed as the “new expression of American contemporary dance,” held their annual gala fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel, 5/16. Honorees included Richard E. Feldman, President of the SHS Foundation, and Linda Celeste Sims, Ballet Hispanico Alumna & Principle Dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
“Through the work of its professional company, school of dance, and community arts education programs, Ballet Hispanico celebrates the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities.”
Photographs: Stephen Wise
“Some such consciousness, it seems to me, is alive in the mystic and musical drawings of Georgia O’Keeffe. Here are emotional forms quite beyond the reach of conscious design, beyond the grasp of reason—yet strongly appealing to that apparently unanalyzable sensitivity in us through which we feel the grandeur and sublimity of life.” Wm. Murrell Fisher, Camera Work (#49/50, 1917)
Christie’s NY will be offering five O’Keeffe’s at their American Modern Sale, May 19, including the present works: (left) Blue I, 1916; (right) Red Hills with Pedernal, White Clouds, 1936.