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."


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…)


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:


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."


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…)


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…)


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…)