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VINO2016eVINO2016bVINO2016VINO2016cThe 5th edition of Italian Wine Week featured dozens of fine producers from throughout Italy, who are making excellent and relatively inexpensive wines, but because of the three-tier system are unable to enter the NY market.

The best hope for producers and wine lovers is a new channel that allows shipments direct to consumers.

Warhol-MorganPhotograph: Stephen Wise

NYNow2016aThe Gift show, with 2400 exhibiting companies from 65 countries, at the Javits Center through Feb, 3.

SelwynDance2016fSelwynDance2016nSelwynDance2016lSelwynDance2016jAmanda Selwyn Dance Theatre held their annual White Night 2016 fundraiser Thursday evening. Ms. Selwyn’s lastest work Refuge, inspired by Francesco Clemente’s Encampment, Refuge, was presented.

In addition to creating entertainment, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre offers arts-in-education programming through Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre to children in NYC public schools.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

 

Snow2016-ArtistSnow2016fChinese American artist (formerly Pre-K art teacher) in action in Queens, NY.

 

Snow2016bSnow2016aSnow2016cPhotographs: Stephen Wise

 

Guggenheim-WetPaintSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum

 

DSWS-FourSeasonsDSWSArmagnacDSWSSantoBrojosDomaine Select Wine & Spirits (DSWS) held their 2016 Annual Grand Portfolio Tasting in the famed Four Seasons Restaurant (closing Summer 2016). One could spend days learning the stories and trying the offerings of the 100+ global producers on hand. But alas, we did manage, in the short time available, to get to know some fine producers and are happy to recommend: Armagnac Castarede (Armagnac, France), Certosa di Belriguardo (Tuscany, Italy), Kirsten (Mosel, Germany), Tiano & Nareno (Mendoza, Argentina), Two Rivers (Marlborough, New Zealand), & Vinas del Sol-Santo Brojos (Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico).

Sotheby's2016Sotheby's-Americana1Sotheby's-Americana“Americana Week,” at Sotheby’s, arrives with the American auction house reeling under a sinking stock price and sky rocketing debt.

Management seems to be joining the dark-arts of Wall Street with opaque art-world practices to produce black holes for shareholders, creditors and collectors.

The result can be an art experience that undermines society rather than edifies it.

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