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."

RABBITS IN THE HAMPTONS

July 21, 2012

Tags: Sara Macculloch, Michael Gregory, Sandi Slone, Roy Lerner, Francine Tint, Joyce Weinstein, Peter Reginato

Sara McCulloch. Tree & Beach, 2012. Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.

Out on the South Fork of Long Island, the art fairs are multiplying like rabbits. The oldest, which has been in business for five years, is ArtHamptons, which was held this year between July 12 & 15, showcased the wares of about 75 galleries, and featured a special party celebrating the 100th birthday (more…)

SUMMER IN THE CITY

July 14, 2012

Tags: Heinrich Kuehn, Rineke Dijkstra, Burgoyne Diller, Ann Walsh

Palette in the shape of a pair of turtles. Naqada II (ca. 3650-3300 BC). Provenance: unknown. Graywacke. H. 15.3 cm (6 in.), W. 16 cm (6 5/16 in.), Th. 0.6 cm (1/4 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1910 (10.176.78). Image: (c) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
I’ve been so busy dealing with the Barnes that I haven’t written about summer art fare in Manhattan, so here is a brief attempt to tell you what you might enjoy seeing in the cool, cool, cool of our delightfully air-conditioned art museums, and in a couple of galleries... (more…)

THE BARNES FOUNDATION, PART 1: THE PUBLIC RECORD

July 12, 2012

Tags: Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse

Room 18, east wall, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. (c)2012 The Barnes Foundation.

“The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention” is the title of one of my favorite short stories, by Dorothy L. Sayers, but it might just as well be the title of the tumultuous history of the Barnes Foundation, which this spring opened its doors to visitors at its new home in center city Philadelphia. That history begins (more…)

THE BARNES FOUNDATION, PART 2: THE PERSONAL IMPRESSION

July 12, 2012

Tags: Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir

View from 21st Street. The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. (March 2012). (c) Tom Crane 2012.


I blush to admit that I never responded to the mystique of the old Barnes Foundation in Merion, not at least in the way its most fervent partisans did, though naturally I greatly admired the many virtues of its memorable collection. Maybe that's because I share what Greenberg called (more…)