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."


July 24, 2011

I will begin by saying that the economy is not doing well. Although the private sector added some jobs in June, the number was smaller than expected, and the public sector laid off people (reflecting the cuts in government spending that the Republicans want to continue with, and increase). Also, more people were (more…)

Inspiration at Arrowhead

July 15, 2011

Tags: Arthur Yanoff, Kay Canavino, Herman Melville

Abstract paintings by Arthur Yanoff and representational photographs by Kay Canavino explore the relationship between the Berkshires landscape and author Herman Melville, who completed Moby Dick, his most famous novel, at Arrowhead, his farmhouse near Pittsfield, MA (now a National Historic Landmark and museum). About 30 paintings and photographs, under the title "Reflections on Melville," (more…)


July 11, 2011

Tags: Sandi Slone, Frank Wimberley, Arnold Schonberg

Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951), Gaze, 1910. Oil on cardboard, Belmont Music Publishers, Pacific Palisades. Courtesy Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna. (c) 2011 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/VBK, Vienna. Photograph (c) Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna

Summertime is group show time. Two galleries, Spanierman and Allegra LaViola, are indulging that impulse with abstract shows, while the Neue Galerie is employing it to examine early 20th century Austrian modernism.

Allegra LaViola is on the lower East Side (not far from the Educational Alliance, where Rothko exhibited, in his salad days, and (more…)


July 3, 2011

Tags: David Evison

David Evison. M1. 2010. Steel and copper. H. 28 in. Photo courtesy Villa Köppe, Berlin
This nifty little sculpture, at once prickly and mellow, is one of two by David Evison that were recently exhibited in Berlin & will be reproduced in the supplement to the July 15 DeLuxe print editon of FMD, accompanied by an email interview with the artist.