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Bonhams held an auction: The Art of Fashion Photography, in New York City yesterday. It featured works by a who’s who line-up of photographers from: William Klein and Horst P. Horst, to David LaChapelle and Rankin. At least one third of the lots were unsold. Many others went for around the low estimate. The top seller, for $20,000 (plus fees), was TV, Murder, Cannes (1975) by Helmut Newton (1920-2004).
The hackers will have provided a valuable public service if their revelations help to awaken people to the complicity and full knowledge of the despicable producers of the nefarious content foisted on impressionable moviegoers. Artistic freedom should not be seen as absolute for individuals and societies seeking to be healthy.
President Obama chided Sony for pulling the movie “The Interview” (depicting a CIA assassination of Kim Jong-Un), after the withering North Korean hacker response to the movie, saying Sony had “made a mistake.” It’s unlikely Mr. Obama would have been so glib if the movie had depicted a CIA plot to assassinate King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, or even himself.
Mr. Obama’s efforts to undermine various heads-of-state (Asaad, Putin, Jong-Un) make him the greatest threat to peace and stability in the world today.
At the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel (recently purchased by Bejing-based Anbang Insurance Group), the culinary staff has come up with a honey-flavored brown ale, made with honey produced by bees housed on the roof of the hotel (bottom photo).
The Honey Brown Ale is a joint venture with Empire Brewing, located in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. The limited batch is only available at the hotel’s Peacock Alley, while supplies last.
The ale’s hint of caramel and nuttiness, with a subtle sweet finish, offers a great beer drinking experience, alone and with food.
One of the dance routines by T-Bass included the rap lyrics: “too afraid to grow-up.”
The rebellion and self-seeking, that underlies today’s data driven world (of egos & algos), is making harder for people to grow-up.
Photographs: Stephen Wise