Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 5-7 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard-copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."

TWO STEAMY DAYS & NOTES

June 28, 2010

Tags: Oliver Johnson, Pheoris West, Richard Yarde, Fred Danziger, Picasso, Fairfield Porter, William Zorach, Marguerite Zorach, Lennart Anderson, Leland Bell, Louisa Matthiasdottir, Temma Bell, Rosemarie Beck, Philip Guston, Ed Rath, Kenneth Noland, Roy Lerner, Peter Reginato, Francine Tint, Arthur Yanoff, Jules Olitski, Matisse

On two steamy days last week, I visited five galleries, all with reasons to recommend them. First was “Images of Dance: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Evidence Dance Company” at Peg Alston Fine Arts (through July 15). Founded in 1985 by Ronald K. Brown, (more…)

TWO FOR THE SEESAW

June 26, 2010

Tags: Helen Frankenthaler, Stamos, Greenberg

Given her present eminence, it’s easy to forget that Helen Frankenthaler was only 23 in 1952 when she painted that landmark picture, "Mountain and Sea." At the time, she was still within the orbit of Clement Greenberg. Yet within three years, (more…)

TWO EXTREMES; THREE OTHER PRETTY SHOWS

June 16, 2010

Tags: Andy Warhol, David Ratcliff, Kenneth Noland, Jeffrey Bye, Risa Glickman, Ann Walsh, Gene Davis, Monet

Sumer is icumen in, lhude sing cuccu! It’s time for summer group shows, and two Chelsea ones have recently grabbed my interest --- one because of the largest piece in it, the other because of very nearly the smallest. (more…)

A QUICK GANDER AT POLITICS

June 14, 2010

The last time I looked at politics, during the second week in March, Congress (and the headlines) were all about health care reform legislation. Shortly after I went to press, that legislation was passed, and signed into law by President Obama. Sundry states are bringing lawsuits, trying to get the law invalidated (more…)