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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

SothebysTaubmanSothebysTaubman2SothebysTaubman6SothebysTaubman5SothebysTaubman4“You may find there’s more similarity
in the challenge of marketing a
precious painting by Degas and a
frosted mug of root beer than you
ever thought possible.”
Alfred Taubman

The art collection (500 works) of Alfred Taubman (1924-2015), retail magnate and former owner of Sotheby’s, is currently on display at Sotheby’s New York — and will be sold in a series of auctions in November.

Mr. Taubman bought Sotheby’s in 1983 and took it public in 1988, after promising not to to secure the deal in the first place. The resulting Wall Street (returns first) mindset continues to pervert an art world (characterized by untruth), that is increasingly at odds with the world of art (seeking truth).

Interestingly, the Wall Street (short term plunder) mindset driving Sotheby’s hasn’t even been good for Sotheby’s of late — with their share price down over 30% since the last CEO was fired (11/20/14) by an activist Wall Streeter on the Board, seeking greater returns, coupled with the auction house guaranteeing the Taubman family (with one member on Sotheby’s board) $500 million for the sale of Al Taubman’s checkered collection.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Stella1Stella Artois is out with an all-in-one refigerating countertop draught unit, created by Marc Thorpe, for a perfect pour every time (37-41 degrees F).

VirginiaCocktailWe recommend MV’s Fine Virginia Peanuts in a variety of flavors, including: Cajun, Jalapeno, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Toffee.

Ireland-LinenIreland-Pots3The Irish are back to making stuff these days, really excellent hand-made stuff. From fine linens and crystal, to soap and pottery, here are some of our favorites from this year’s NY NOW: Irish Linen House, 31 Chapel Lane, Foxford, Arran Street East, J. Hills Standard LTD, and The Handmade Soap Company.

NYNow2015-DeBrandDe Brand, at NY NOW, is one of the really good chocolate companies in America.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

NYNow-WhitneyNY NOW: the Market for Home & Lifestyle is underway and runs through Aug, 19 at the Javits Center.

We ran into the Whitneys, from Sarasota Florida today. He paints and she makes jewelry. They’ve been together for 47 years — “a loooonng time!” she said. Today they seemed happy and making great work together.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

GuinnessNitroIPA-JoseOrtegaCreating new possibilities for its famous yeast, Guinness, the Irish Dry Stout (that is “good for you”), is out with new varieties that should put smiles on the faces of Stout lovers around the world.

One of the great joys in life is a pint of Guinness after rigorous exercise. That will be especially true with the just released Guinness Nitro IPA, and its citrus finish.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

NYIAS2015fNYIAS2015gNYIAS2015eThe New York International Auto Show is at the Javits Center — April 3-12, 2015.

Photographs: Stephen Wise.

NewYorkIsSoOver2015A recent Google search of “New York is so over” yielded 18,000+ results.

“What does an American think about the land, what dreams come from the sight of it, what painful dreaming? Are they only money dreams, power dreams? Is that why the land lies desolate like a loved woman who has been forgotten? Has she been misused through dreams of power and conquest?” Meridel Le Sueur, Salute to Spring (International Publishers, 1940)


Stephen B. Wise


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