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Back2SchoolDuring a week that saw Western media make an icon out of a wounded Syrian boy, a back-to-school display in a NYC Staples shows American youth being targeted for ‘Trouble — a Barrel of Monkeys playing Battleship without a Clue.’

StreetArt081516StreetArt081516aSwedish photographer Felicia Malmstrom at work in Midtown yesterday, trying to call attention to environmental issues.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

MoMA-VanGogh‘I know, but what a glorious fool. After you are gone Vincent, the world will understand what you have tried to say. The canvases that today you cannot sell for a hundred francs will one day sell for a million. Ah, you smile, but I tell you it is true. Your pictures will hang in the museums of Amsterdam and The Hague, in Paris and Dresden, Munich and Berlin, Moscow and New York. Your pictures will be priceless because there will be none for sale. Books will be written about your art, Vincent, novels and plays built around your life. Where ever two men come together who love painting, there the name of Vincent an Gogh will be sacred.’ Lust For Life, 1934

CooperUnion2016cCooperUnion2016dCooperUnion-TrumpRecent work by artists-in-residence, and student artists, at Cooper Union (7 E. 7th St), through August 17, 2016.

 

DunkinDonutsThe opening of a new Dunkin Donuts in Woodside (4 stores within 16 blocks of each other), included placing a company sign on a poll that has been a memorial for a Filipino man murdered on the same spot.

No doubt the new Dunkin Donuts will have a similar effect on the Filipino bakeries along that part of Roosevelt Ave., known as Little Manila. One wonders why city planners are so uninspired in their approval of such business zoning. Perhaps they would say “Dunkin Donuts is better than nothing”—which given the rent situation (that politicians also helped to create) has resulted in substantial commercial vacancies and made starting a small business in NYC undoable for most, except for the 200+ Dunkin Donuts franchisees in Queens.

Showtime4Showtime1ShowtimeShowtime5Lexington Ave, NYC – July 31, 2016

TheFourSeasons1TheFourSeasonsOne day after The Four Seasons Restaurant, a modernist monument once considered the most important restaurant in the world, auctioned off the last of its Philip Johnson banquettes and Mies Van der Rohe chairs—and turned off the lights, president Obama told the DNC, the US is “stronger and more prosperous than when we started.” Mr. Obama likes to take credit for saving the country from the Great Recession of 2008-09, when in fact all he did was to create another bubble, instructing others to: change the accounting rules (allowing Wall Street to run wild again), print and borrow trillions of dollars, and fudge the unemployment numbers. The result was not a recovery but rather a country in the twilight zone, a failed thug-state that undermines humanity (starting with consciousness) and world peace.

FourSeasons2FourSeasons4FourSeasons8As the historic Four Seasons Restaurant began auctioning off its modernist stuff, ahead of its July 29 closing, the bar remained open allowing auction-goers a last call.

Morgan-RembrandtVisitors to The Morgan Museum and Library today inspected Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver, a painting believed to be Rembrandt’s first masterpiece.

BPDance5BPDance4Performance art, elaborating on notions of reality and identity in a Hopperesque world of locked-up selves, projected and augmented by terabytes of data (images), split screens and refracted backgrounds, can be found in cities and towns throughout the U.S. — but is done especially well by Bridgman/Packer Dance, with Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, premiering (in New York): Voyeur and Remembering What Never Happened — July 13, 14, 16 at the Sheen Center.

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