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GilbertoRamirezSotheby's-Botero2The leading art auction houses in NYC will be holding Latin American Art sales this week. A Sotheby’s session, on May 26, features five Botero lots including: Desnudo ante el espejo and Sitting Woman (bottom photo), expected to fetch together over $1 million.

For those with more elevated tastes, the sublime work by Mexican artist Gilberto Ramirez, c.1963, Mujer Meditando (top photo) is available through Lotus Editions. The painting measures 17″ x 23″.


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Photograph: Stephen Wise

FridaKahloThrockmorton Fine Art presents: Mirror Mirror…Portrait of Frida Kahlo, with works by acclaimed photographers who photographed her, through Sept. 12, 2015.

The gallery will host a lecture given by Frida Kahlo expert Dr. Salomon Grimberg on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 3PM, entitled: “Frida saw herself first in a photograph before discovering mirrors…”

Photograph: Stephen Wise

TopazArts-WoodsideCreative team Paz Tanjuaquio and Todd B. Richmond of Topaz Arts, now in their 15th year of collaboration, opened an exhibition of Todd’s large-scale paintings Mind Field: Oil and Oranges this evening at their Queens studio/gallery.

Mr. Richmond was an artist assistant to the late Richard Artschwager. His paintings in this show were done in California and deal with the fading citrus groves due to drought and development.

The show runs through August 15, 2015.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Phillips-Bacon1Phillips-BaconSeatedWoman2PhillipsAuctionNYCLife imitated art Thursday evening at the Phillips Contemporary Art Sale in NYC.

During the bidding for Francis Bacon’s Seated Woman, 1961 (middle & bottom photos) a female Phillips employee fainted in the phone bidding area. The painting went on to sell for $28.2 million. The woman appeared to be alright.

“If I was in hell I would always feel I had a chance of escaping. I’d always be sure that I’d be able to escape.” Francis Bacon, Interviews With Francis Bacon (Thames & Hudson, 1987)

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Whitney2015Whitney2015bWhitney2015eWhitney2015aWith 600 important American works of art on display, the newly opened Whitney Museum left at least one museum goer slack-jawed.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Sotheby's051015aSotheby's051015Sotheby's051015cSotheby’s preview ahead of their Contemporary Art Sale May 12, 2015 in NYC.

Photographs: Stephen Wise.

SpringMastersNY2015dSpringMastersNY2015hSpringMastersNY2015SpringMastersNY2015gSpringMastersNY2015eArt & Design from 60 galleries, many European, at the Park Avenue Armory through May 12, 2015.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Sotheby's-VanGogh2015Sotheby's2015cSotheby's2015f“A picture presents a situation in logical space, the existence and non-existence of states of affairs.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

Vincent Van Gogh’s L’Allee des Alyscamps (1888) was sold Tuesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York for $66.2 million.

With high-return seeking investors, non-thinking gallerists, private collectors, and activist lawyers putting a choke hold on the art world, the ‘authentication’ process is increasingly fraught or non-existent. The result can be bogus works passed off as legit and legit works passed over as bogus.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Sotheby's-Rothko2Sotheby's-Superman2Sotheby’s NYC preview, May 2, 2015.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


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