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GuggenheimGuggenheim-MagritteGuggenheim2Visionaries: Create a Modern Guggenheim, is an exhibit presenting the early years (1929-1949) and collections that set the stage for the museum’s creation, and with it surrealism and expressionism in America.

JaneFreud2JaneFreud3Jane McAdam Freud, the British sculptor and great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, gave talk on Object Authority to NYU’s Graduate Art Therapy Program last week. She shared slides of her recent work and the notion of found objects as instructors — weaving in Freud’s theory of the “thing,” and how we are affected by the image of the object on a preconscious and unconscious level.

AsiaArtWeek-Christies.JPGAsiaArtWeek-Christies1Lokanatha Avalokiteshvara from Northeastern India, Pala Period, 12th Century, to be sold at Christie’s NY, 3/14.

Update 03/15/17: “Compassion” sold for $21,800,000 (plus buyer’s premium).


AsiaWeekNewYork2AsiaWeekNewYorkFor a rare Chinese Buddhist work on paper check here.

georgiaokeeffe-brooklyngeorgiaokeeffe-brooklyn2georgiaokeeffe-brooklyn7georgiaokeeffe-brooklyn8georgiaokeeffe-brooklyn9At the Brooklyn Museum through July 23, 2017.

The present exhibit of Georgia O’Keeffe’s (1887-1986) work at the Brooklyn Museum arrives 90 years after O’Keeffe’s first museum show (also held there). This show includes an assortment of Miss O’Keeffe’s clothing — so emblematic of the “self-stripping” (James Johnson Sweeney), simplicity, purity, and humor that gave rise to her exuberant works — meditations on “livingness” and nothingness.

Perhaps it can be said that O’Keeffe was a pilgrim of consciousness, a seeker of the “fullness of existence” (Nietzsche). Over the years her evolving subjectivity became increasingly manifested in her work, as she went deeper into the essential whatness of life. Thus, the paradox: In the gift (sacrifice) of oneself to reveal oneself, as the personal me gives way to the Divine Me.

theartshowThe Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), is at the Park Avenue Armory through March 5.

roundaboutroundabout12roundabout3roundabout6roundabout17The Roundabout Theatre Company held their 2017 Gala at the Waldorf last night. Frank Langella, four-time Tony Award winner, was the honored guest.

hassanmassoudyIraqui-born artist Hassan Massoudy’s recent (Arabic calligraphy-based) works are at Sundaram Tagore Gallery through March 25, 2017.

art-students-league17artstudentsleague2017bThe ‘freedom’ and disorientation, both sought and wrought by artists going back to Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People (1830) has had an effect — contributing to what Eric Fromm described in 1970 as the “crisis of psychoanalysis.”

Artwork – Art Student League, January 31, 2017


redongilkin“There is the nightmare transported into art.”
Joris-Karl Huysmans

Delerium: The Art of the Symbolist Book, at The Morgan (through May 14), presents the early days of visual modernism in France, with Baudelaire suggesting to Edouard Manet that he “should be a painter of modern life” — which he did with Luncheon on the Grass (1863) — and with it the “unifying values and hierarchies of classical Renaissance order” gave way to the “new coherence of being yourself.”

Artwork: Odilon Redon