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."


August 29, 2012

Tags: John Link, Darby Bannard, Franklin Einspruch

I am happy to report that John Link and Darby Bannard have established a new blog called This is not to be confused with Newcrit, the more formal website that Link & Bannard have had posted for some time. is intended to function much as, the blog created by Frankin Einspruch, used to function, in the days when comments appeared immediately on it and the result was a free-ranging conversation comparable (more…)


August 29, 2012

Tags: Frank Stella

Frank Stella. k43 (ABS Black), 2012. Mixed media. 82 x 68 x 43 inches. (c)2012 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Freedman Art.
I have already expounded at some length for on “Frank Stella: New Work” at Freedman Art (through September 27). Here I shall summarize what I said there, and then go on to a bit of reminiscence. The bottom line here is that I liked the best work in this show (more…)


August 27, 2012

Tags: Constable

John Constable, British, 1776-1837. Salisbury Cathedral from the South West, ca. 1820. Oil on canvas, 25.1 x 30.2 cm. The Victoria and Albert Museum. (c)Victoria and Albert Museum/V & A images.

On the way back from my visit to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, I stopped at Princeton NJ to view “John Constable: Oil Sketches from the Victoria and Albert Museum” at the Princeton University Art Museum (through June 10; now at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, in Nashville, through September 30). I’d been told about this show by Cara London, the (more…)


August 24, 2012

Tags: Yayoi Kusama, Sharon Hayes, Stamos, Baziotes, Gottlieb, David Smith, Rothko, Motherwell, Lee Krasner

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997). Ancestral Worship, 1947. 48.9 (c) Estate of Theodoros Stamos.
A reproduction of “The Beach” (1955), by William Baziotes, one of the original but lesser-known first generation abstract expressionists, accompanied a review in the July 27 NY Times by Ken Johnson of “Signs & Symbols” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Though the review didn’t send me up the wall with delight, it made me want (more…)


August 21, 2012

Tags: Pollock, Lee Krasner

While I was in the Hamptons in July, I also paid a call on the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center on Fireplace Road in Springs, which – with its nearby Studio Barn — in June, July & August is open to the public from 1 to 5, Thursday through Saturday, and in September and October (more…)


August 18, 2012

Here's a link to a website that my readers may find interesting. Seems that Mitt Romney, who is running against President Obama, doesn't just want to cut back funding for PBS, Amtrak, NEH & NEA. He wants to cut out funding for them altogether. That, on top of cutting back (more…)


August 16, 2012

Tags: Agostino Brunias, Frank Bowling, Jacob Lawrence, John James Audubon, Pissarro, Oscar Leone Moyano, Jeanette Ehlers, Eugenio Merino, Laura Anderson Barbata, Carlos Endara Andrada

Agostino Brunias (Italy ca. 1730--Dominica 1796). Pacification with the maroon negroes in the island of Jamaica. Oil on canvas, 22 x 24 inches. Private Collection.
What Holland Cotter of the New York Times calls “the big event of the summer season in New York” is really three events in one. Its collective title is “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” but it is three separate exhibitions, being held simultaneously at El Museo del Barrio (through (more…)


August 9, 2012

Tags: Vuillard

Edouard Vuillard. Thadée Natanson at His Desk. c. 1899, oil on cardboard, mounted on panel. Collection of Helen Frankenthaler.

Ever since I was in graduate school, I’ve known that Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) was a member of Les Nabis (Hebrew and Arabic for “prophets”), that group of avant-garde painters in the 1890s who took as their point of departure the “synthetism” of Paul Gauguin. I also knew that (more…)