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ClassOf2016The first stop for this NYU grad was Ferragamo on Fifth.


BalletHispanico2016BalletHispanico2016kBalletHispanico2016mBallet Hispanico, billed as the “new expression of American contemporary dance,” held their annual gala fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel, 5/16. Honorees included Richard E. Feldman, President of the SHS Foundation, and Linda Celeste Sims, Ballet Hispanico Alumna & Principle Dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

“Through the work of its professional company, school of dance, and community arts education programs, Ballet Hispanico celebrates the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

StreetArt2016ggWould that NYC officials included and reported on EMF risks in their Air Flow Study.

Dubuffet4“…It is the man in the street that I’m after, whom I feel closest to, with whom I want to make friends and enter into confidence and connivance, and he is the one I want to please and enchant by means of my work…” Jean Dubuffet, 1946

Christie's-WoolChristie's-Him2Christie's-Basquiat2From Wool to Cattelan; Picasso to Basquiat, some of the offerings at Christie’s in New York this week will likely sell for tens of millions of dollars and be paid for with looted pension fund money.

“You know, Braque is really a bastard. He finds ways of getting all my friends away from me. I don’t know what he does for them, but he must do something—something I can’t do. The result is, I don’t have any friends any more. The only people who come to see me are a bunch of imbeciles who want something from me. Oh, well, that’s life.” Pablo Picasso, as reported by Francoise Gilot, Life With Picasso, (1964)

Over at Sotheby’s three paintings owned by the Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, including a Picasso and Basquiat, were recently sold for $54 million. This after Sotheby’s had loaned Low $100 million using the paintings as collateral. No doubt the money Sotheby’s lost to Low came from its $1.3 billion line-of-credit, which came from GE Capital and pension funds. So far Sotheby’s has burned through over half of the line-of-credit, in less than a year, to buy back its own stock, pay off departing staff, and extend credit on over-valued art. Soon Sotheby’s will go the way of Fairway, with retirement prospects for many hapless pensioners far away.

Sotheby's-Bacon4Sotheby's-WalkerBurri-SaccoAction at Sotheby’s ahead of their May 11 Contemporary Art Evening Sale.

The Sale line-up includes a work by the trauma painter Alberto Burri, Sacco (1954).

Photographs: Stephen Wise

SpringMasters2016fSpringMasters2016iSpringMasters2016mSpringMasters2016aSpringMasters2016gSpringMasters2016oSpringMasters2016jOf special note at this year’s Spring Masters art show is the Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, LLC booth dedicated to works by the modernist sculptor, Gaston Lachaise.

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg attended Thursday’s preview party at the Park Avenue Armory. When asked by LE if he was concerned about political matters in the country, he replied: “No, just petrified!”

Had society been more attentive to the treasure (wisdom) in the master artworks of the past, instead of the treasure found just in flipping them, there might be less reason to be petrified in the present.


SundaramTagore-Chotvichai3Metro-Sherman1Tai artist Kamolpan Chotvichal and American Cindy Sherman opened photography, identity-based, shows of existential significance at Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Metro Pictures respectively.




Stephen B. Wise


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