May 19, 2013
Max Ernst (1891-1976). Le start du châtaigner (The Start of the Chestnut Tree), 1925. Frottage with graphite pencil, and gouache. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Gift of Walter Feilchenfeldt in honor of Eugene and Clare Thaw, 2011.28 (c) 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP Paris. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2012.
Occasionally, a show is mounted that neither stirs me personally nor makes me feel that most of my readers would want to see it, but that I still feel deserves a review (even if I am not the right person to write it). Why? Because so much time & effort & maybe even love have gone into its creation, and because (more…)
May 12, 2013
Jean-Frédéric Bazille (French, 1841-1870). Family Reunion. 1867. Oil on canvas, 58 7/8 x 90 9/16 inches (152 x 230 cm). Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Acquired with the participation of Marc Bazille, brother of the artist, 1905.
Here is a show that I am the wrong critic for. It is “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity”
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
(through May 27). This show, which purports to offer “a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries,” includes some 80 major figure paintings, together (more…)
May 6, 2013
James Walsh. Clicks, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 35 3/4 x 25 5/8 inches. Courtesy Spanierman Modern
and its sister gallery, Spanierman Modern,
are (through June 8) displaying three exhibitions of abstract painting that might be said to constitute one show of three generations. The first show celebrates Perle Fine,
an artist associated with the first generation of abstract expressionists; they mostly came to their (more…)
April 15, 2013
Susan Roth (b. 1950). Sun Kissed, 1983. Acrylic on handmade paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of David Mirvish. Photo courtesy of Freedman Art.
Not all the Manhattan gallery shows worthy of discussion are in Chelsea, SoHo or the Lower East Side. There are still hardy survivors in midtown and on the Upper East Side, and four exhibitions in particular have provided enjoyment for me as winter—at long last—is giving way to spring. Three of them (more…)
April 7, 2013
Kazimir Malevich. Zhivopisnyi realizm mal'chika s rantsem - krasochnye massy v 4-m izmerenii. (Painterly realism of a boy with a knapsack -- color masses in the 4th dimension). 1915. Oil on canvas, 28 x 17 1/2 inches (71.1 x 44.5 cm.). The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935. Acquisition confirmed in 1999 by agreement with the estate of Kazimir Malevich and made possible with funds from the Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest (by exchange). Photo courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, Imaging and Visual Resources Department, John Wronn.
In January, I paid my first call on “Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925”
at the Museum of Modern Art”
(through April 15). This is a most ambitious show, dedicated (as it says in the press release) to exploring “the advent of abstraction as both a historical idea and an emergent artistic practice.” It (more…)
March 26, 2013
In the following post, I will offer reviews of ten (count them, 10) gallery exhibitions, around about Manhattan & in Williamsburg. I also offer a briefer advisory about “Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959,”
on 21st Street (through April 13). I don’t yet know what I’ll say about (more…)
March 15, 2013
Bronze statue of Eros sleeping. Greek, Hellenistic period, 3rd-2nd century BC. Said to be from Rhodes. L. 33 -5/8 in . (85.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1943 (43.11.4). Image (c ) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The other press preview I got on February 4, for a new installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
taken (almost) entirely from its permanent collection, called into use that rarely seen but glorious bird: connoisseurship. The show was (and is) “Sleeping Eros”
(through June 23). The curator helping us appreciate it (more…)
March 9, 2013
Ezra Stoller. TWA Terminal at Idlewild (now JFK) Airport, Eero Saarinen, New York, NY 1962. Gelatin silver print. (c) Ezra Stoller, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
In early February, I trotted down to Chelsea, to see three gallery shows that I’d heard and/or read about. Working my way uptown, I started first with the new HQ of Hauser & Wirth,
on West 18th Street. The gallery turned out to be a huge, cavernous space of 24,000 square feet, (more…)
March 2, 2013
Simon Denis (Flemish, Antwerp 1755-1813 Naples). View on the Quirinal Hill, Rome. 1800. Oil on paper, laid down on canvas, 11 5/8 x 16 1/8 (29.5 x 41 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Collection, Promised Gift of Wheelock Whitney III, and Purchase, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. McVeigh, by exchange, 2003.
With laudable civic ambition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
evidently feels an insatiable need to supply its regular and potential visitors with an unending stream of “new” exhibitions. Even the Met doesn’t have the money to make all these exhibitions genuinely new, however, in the sense that it can keep staging subject-based exhibitions which rely upon borrowed work as well as work already owned to make whatever point the show is supposed to make. Sometimes, this leads to a show that makes a somewhat different point (more…)
February 25, 2013
The class act in Chelsea is "Larry Poons: New Paintings"
at Loretta Howard/Danese
(through March 2). The show is at Loretta Howard’s gallery, but its upstairs level is now turned over to Danese. It makes perfect sense for this combined gallery to lead off its new existence with a show by Poons, (more…)