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."

A BEAUTIFUL BOOK

October 31, 2011

Tags: Frank Bowling

“Frank Bowling,” by Mel Gooding, is a beautiful book. Published this past spring by The Royal Academy and distributed in the US and Canada by Harry N. Abrams, it has a powerful tale to tell, and tells it well. The narrative takes us from the artist’s turbulent childhood in (more…)

APHORISMS FOR ARTISTS

October 29, 2011

Tags: Darby Bannard

Darby Bannard has just distilled his decades of teaching art into a handy-dandy online tome with 100 elemental thoughts about the subject, each with a pocket-size "chapter" of comment. Here's the link:

ON A ROLL

October 21, 2011

Tags: Francine Tint

Francine Tint. Conjurer. 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 50" x 135" Image Courtesy Gallery Sam
Francine Tint is on a roll. This is a sample of recent work, exhibited this summer by Gallery Sam at ArtHamptons, the international fine art fair. I think it's an amazing image (at its full size), & will discuss it in the DeLuxe supplement to the forthcoming hard-copy issue of "From the Mayor's Doorstep."

CUTTING DOWN A GIANT

October 11, 2011

Tags: David Smith

David Smith (1906-1965). 17 h's. 1950. Painted steel. 44 1/2 x 29 x 12 1/2 in. (113 x 73.7 x 31.8 cm). The Estate of David Smith (c)The Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Photo courtesy of the Estate of David Smith, photo by David Heald.
“Procrustean” is the word that came away with me from seeing “David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy” at the Whitney Museum of American Art (through January 8). For the benefit of those without a classical education, Procrustes was a nasty old guy in Greek mythology who kept a hostel of some sort by the wayside and (more…)

5 GALLERIES

October 8, 2011

Tags: Hofmann, Ray Oglesby, Robert Rauschenberg, Kenneth Noland, Sheying, Julia Margaret Cameron

Well, folks, you just missed a pleasant little exhibition of “Hans Hofmann: Works on Paper” at Ameringer McEnery Yohe (closed October 8). Although I saw it a week or so ago, I’ve been too busy with other duties to tell you about it. However, there was an excellent little catalogue (more…)

VON DAVID BIS DELACROIX

October 6, 2011

Tags: David, Ingres, Gericault, Delacroix

Théodore Géricault (1791-1824). Leda and the Swan, ca.1816-17. Brown wash and blue watercolor, with black chalk, heightened with white gouache, on brown paper. Musée du Louvre, Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY. Photography: Jean-Gilles Berizzi.

To the unsophisticated art-lover, a drawing is merely lines made by a pencil or pen upon a piece of paper. To a museum curator, a drawing can be almost anything except a print, as long as it’s made on paper (sometimes not even then) This means that a drawing can be colored with (more…)