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."

Report from Berlin

December 29, 2010

Tags: Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Rothko, Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler

David Evison sends this report on the current show at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin(through January 10). It includes 14 paintings by 13 artists, drawn almost entirely from the permanent collection of the New York Guggenheim:

"The 'Color Fields' show at Deutsche Guggenheim is a breath of fresh air for Berlin, (more…)

POLITICS: THE NOVEMBER ELECTION & SINCE

December 13, 2010

Well, the outcome of the November midterm elections could have been worse—not much worse, but somewhat. According to an analysis published by the New York Times on October 24, nine days before the election, 68 Democratic candidates for seats in the House of Representatives were described as “most vulnerable.” According to final election returns (more…)

The World of Khubilai Khan

December 13, 2010

Tags: Taigu Yimin, Zhao Mengfu, Ni Zan, Ren Renfa, Xianyu Shu

As the apotheosis of the East Side, I give you the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which at this time of year is particularly scintillating with its monster Christmas tree, adorned with its hundreds of 18th century Neapolitan creche figures. Currently, the Met’s biggest show is “The World of Khubilai Khan: (more…)