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."

THE POPULARITY KID AT MOMA

September 23, 2011

Tags: de Kooning

Willem de Kooning (American, born The Netherlands, 1904-1997). Painting. Enamel and oil on canvas. 42 5/8 x 56 1/8" (108.3 x 142.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 1948. (c)2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
I don’t know what it is, but the reverential tone of the reviews greeting “de Kooning: A Retrospective” at the Museum of Modern Art may be what brings out the iconoclast in me. This mammoth exhibition, curated by John Elderfield, assembles nearly 200 paintings, drawings & sculptures from museums (more…)

A JEWISH CHRIST IN PHILADELPHIA

September 20, 2011

Tags: Rembrandt van Rijn

Head of Christ, c. 1648-1650. Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Dutch (active Leiden and Amsterdam), 1606-1669. Oil on oak panel, 9 13/16 x 8 7/16 in. (25 x 21.5 cm). Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemaldegalerie.
The exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is called “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus” (through October 30; thereafter at the Detroit Institute of Arts, November 20 through February 12, 2012). Although not huge, it’s a substantial show, with 22 paintings, 17 drawings and nine prints assembled from public and private (more…)

POLITICS: NOMENCLATURE

September 13, 2011

Every so often, the language of politics irks me. This fall, the source of aggravation is the way that not only Republicans but also Democrats & even journalists refer to the political orientation of the two major parties. They still cling to the notion that the Democrats are liberals and the Republicans are conservatives, but (more…)

OPENING NIGHT

September 9, 2011

Tags: Yuriko Yamaguchi, Maja Lisa Engelhardt, Ronnie Landfield, Richard Timperio

Well, I’m not often this much on top of the news, but I did get out yesterday to see four shows that were just opening.

First, I took in Yuriko Yamaguchi’s “Interconnected” at Howard Scott (through October 15). The gallery bills her as a conceptual artist, but actually this (more…)