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Shroud-ChristiesBorrowing from G.B. Shaw, history is being written by those who echo the cry of “Not this man but Barabbas!” — and in this case calling it ‘Salvator Mundi.’

BCABCA9BCA12At a time when political and psychic upheaval are increasingly intertwined — with pathology and disintegration all around — those seeking a truly coherent union of persons are having to first find in themselves, in union with their Creator.

Into the breach, Bryn Cohn + Artists, a New York-based contemporary dance company, will be presenting “The Art of Loss” (February 16-18), with programs old and new that “address the current sociopolitical climate in our world” through the lens of identity, lost and found.

BerkshireMuseum2The American Art sale at Sotheby’s went on Monday minus seven lots — including two paintings created and gifted by Norman Rockwell to the Berkshire Museum. Museum officials had sought to sell the works with proceeds going to help the ‘new’ Berkshire Museum “break down traditional boundaries.” A legal action halted the sale of the treasured objects for now.

Topaz-BurmesterSolo multimedia exhibition by Kathrin Burmester, LA-based artist from Germany, at TOPAZ ARTS in Woodside, through December 17…a slithering meditation on “thingness.” Viewing hours: Saturdays 1-5pm or by appointment.

SalonAD2017SalonAD2017bSalonAD2017cAt the Park Avenue Armory through November 13.

DAGModernDAGModern2DAG Modern is mounting an important exhibition of works by Indian artists who benefited from a program initiated by John D. Rockefeller III in 1963.

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PaceFor Agnes Martin, Richard Tuttle, and Chuck Close.

christie's-leonardocrystalballChristie’s in New York is planning to sell a supposedly rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) painting titled, “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World).

One can’t help but wonder about the crystal ball held by the supposed Jesus — with its see-through rather than refracted qualities. Plus the fact that crystal balls, long associated with fortune-tellers and the occult, were/are viewed by the Church as heretical objects. For Jesus to be depicted holding a crystal ball (even with da Vinci’s connection to science) seems to be a joke or worse a kind of sneer. Plus his chest looks like that of a woman — not what you would expect from a sincere artist, who mastered human anatomy, trying to imitate Christ.

Henry Thomas, a da Vinci biographer, wrote in 1940: “Leonardo was not a member of the Church. But he was a follower of Jesus. He showed this not only in his exquisitely sympathetic drawing of Christ’s face (referring to other works) but in the equally sympathetic understanding of Christ’s thought.”

TEFAF2017aTEFAF2017bTEFAF2017TEFAF, the international art fair, is at the Park Avenue Armory through Nov. 1.

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