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HirojiKubota3Aperture is out with Hiroji Kubota Photographer the first comprehensive survey of veteran Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota’s work spanning over 50 years.

Elliott Erwitt was on hand for the book launch, at Aperture Gallery this evening, and commented that Kubota’s life has been an “extraordinary life led and that’s what is celebrated.”

An accompanying retrospective of over one hundred Kubota’s photographs is taking place at Aperture Gallery and Sundaram Gallery in NYC, through the end of the year.




Sotheby's-Rockwell2Cheerleaders (Losing the Game, 1952), by Norman Rockwell, will be in Sotheby’s American Art Sale on Nov. 18.

The painting fits the mood around Sotheby’s in recent days after employees were notified of buyout offers. This comes after a year of mismanagement, a softening art market, and a Board whose members plundered the company at ever turn.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Christies-Rockwell1946Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor (1946), by Norman Rockwell, is on view at Christie’s in NYC, and will be in their American Art auction on Nov. 19.

TheSalon2015lMagritte-FlowersDancer1922Candlesticks-GarousteBonettiTheSalon2015RuinartThe Salon Art & Design is at the Park Avenue Armory through Nov. 16, 2015.

This year’s show includes exhibitors from throughout Europe, with furniture and art selections from the 17th century to the present — including Magritte’s Flowers/Dancer (1922) at Patrick Derom Gallery. Also of note are the Garouste & Bonetti Candlesticks: Boys & Girls, 1994 at David Gil.

Christies-ModiglianiAmedeo Modigliani’s Nu Couche (1917-18) garnered $170.4 million at Christie’s Artist’s Muse Sale — the second highest amount ever paid for artwork at auction.

The unchained imperial spirit that produced Nu Couche in Paris also produced the poppies in Flanders Fields, Ypres, Belgium (WWI), during the same period.

Sotheby's-Nov52015Made when Picasso was just 19 years old, during his Blue Period, La Gommeuse (1901) sold, Nov. 5, at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale for $67.5 million. The painting’s owner, William Koch, had paid $3 million for the double-sided work in 1984.

Also in the Evening Sale, Van Gogh’s Paysage sous un ciel mouvemente (1889), from The Collection of Louis & Evelyn Franck, went for $54 million.

“Work such as Picasso’s shows a fearful progress in self-consciousness on the part of painting.” Jacques Maritain, 1930

Before the sale began, as guests were treated to blanc-de-blanc from Reims and “Diamonds are Forever” from Bond, one couldn’t help but feel that the Gummy Period of Western Civilization (stuck in one’s self) had reached its nadir — with today’s ‘rights’ revolutions prefigured in Picasso’s works of imperial nothingness.

“A picture used to be a sum of additions. In my case a picture is a sum of destructions.” Pablo Picasso, 1935

Photograph: Stephen Wise

IFPDA2015fIFPDA2015gIFPDA2015IFPDA2015aIn conjunction with New York Fine Art Print Week, the IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory runs through November 8, 2015.

SothebysTaubman7Jackson Pollock’s Black and White Painting III (c.1951) is part of The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman — “Masterworks” to be auctioned off on November 4, 2015 at Sotheby’s in NYC.

After World War II Abstract Expressionism, aka “Action Painting” (epithet coined by Harold Rosenberg in 1951) brought American art to the attention of the world.

“It was one of Pollock’s signal accomplishments to give such a magnitude and impressiveness to the act of painting as to make us think of the mysteries of natural creation, of that ‘first division of chaos’ at the origin of our world” Sam Hunter, American Art of the 20th Century (Abrams, 1974)

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Christies-MiroJoan Miro’s Jeune fille s’evadent, at Christie’s NYC preview, ahead of The Artist’s Muse Evening Sale. November 9, 2015.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

JungjinLee-GreenbergThe Korean, photo-based, artist Jungjin Lee has her inaugural exhibition at Howard Greenberg Gallery — through December 12, 2015.

The show: Unnamed Road/Everglades features work on Israel and the West Bank, as well as the Florida Everglades. Books are available on current and past projects.


Stephen B. Wise


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