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RBSS2The CPJ 2015 International Press Freedom Awards included Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) a collective of citizen journalists reporting on IS and Syrian government activities in Raqqa, the Islamic State capital in Syria.

On a day that saw a Russian aircraft shot down over Syria, for allegedly passing through Turkish airspace, followed by President Obama saying that “every country has a right to defend its territory and airspace,” one can only wonder why Syria should be denied the same right—with only two countries supporting them (Russia & Iran), according to Obama.

In his remarks, one of the RBSS members said that “the evil which began in Syria will not stop there.” Actually the evil that is slaughtering Syria today began in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US—and contrary to RBSS dreams, won’t be producing “a free, democratic and united country”—just look at those countries.

It should be remembered that the early days of the Syrian uprising were fueled by “Gay Girl in Damascus,” the deceit of a male American grad-student. Healthy change can’t be built on lies.

JimGarrisonThe New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show features a trove of documents from famed New Orleans prosecutor Jim Garrison, at M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, LA.

In 1967 Mr. Garrison had Clay Shaw, a New Orleans businessman, arrested for being part of a CIA conspiracy to kill President Kennedy. Shaw was later acquitted by a jury that believed there to have been a conspiracy. But Garrison failed to prove Shaw was working for the CIA. Later documents, released in 1992, showed that Mr. Shaw was indeed on the CIA payroll.

The Garrison documents for sale at the show (through Nov. 23) include two copies of the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination.

A bi-partisan cabal, including Goldwater conservatives and Fair Play for Cuba liberals—that planned and covered-up the Kennedy assassination—laid the groundwork for what we have today in the U.S., a disordered and uncorrectable State, that multiplies death (“Assad must go”)—not even trying to cover it up anymore, but making every effort to “reassure” the people.


BeaujolaisNouveau2015It’s always a hopeful sign when Beaujolais Nouveau arrives — proof that Providence and man have been fruitful together for another year.

The 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau, by Georges Duboeuf, is at Sherry-Lehmann on Park Ave. for $9.99/btl. The result is especially good, with the tannin structure and balance of a more mature wine, combined with the freshness of youth.

We like it with barbecue and turkey w/fixings.

HirojiKubota3Aperture is out with Hiroji Kubota Photographer the first comprehensive survey of veteran Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota’s work spanning over 50 years.

Elliott Erwitt was on hand for the book launch, at Aperture Gallery this evening, and commented that Kubota’s life has been an “extraordinary life led and that’s what is celebrated.”

An accompanying retrospective of over one hundred Kubota’s photographs is taking place at Aperture Gallery and Sundaram Gallery in NYC, through the end of the year.





TheSalon2015lMagritte-FlowersDancer1922Candlesticks-GarousteBonettiTheSalon2015RuinartThe Salon Art & Design is at the Park Avenue Armory through Nov. 16, 2015.

This year’s show includes exhibitors from throughout Europe, with furniture and art selections from the 17th century to the present — including Magritte’s Flowers/Dancer (1922) at Patrick Derom Gallery. Also of note are the Garouste & Bonetti Candlesticks: Boys & Girls, 1994 at David Gil.

Christies-ModiglianiAmedeo Modigliani’s Nu Couche (1917-18) garnered $170.4 million at Christie’s Artist’s Muse Sale — the second highest amount ever paid for artwork at auction.

The unchained imperial spirit that produced Nu Couche in Paris also produced the poppies in Flanders Fields, Ypres, Belgium (WWI), during the same period.


IFPDA2015fIFPDA2015gIFPDA2015IFPDA2015aIn conjunction with New York Fine Art Print Week, the IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory runs through November 8, 2015.

NYCMarathon2015hNYCMarathon2015fNYCMarathon2015gStanley Biwott and Mary Keitany, of Kenya, won the 45th NYC Marathon.

Even with Spike Lee and 56,000 runners, this year’s race seemed diminished from past years, without Mary Wittenberg and the elite Russian runners.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


Stephen B. Wise


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