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."

GEORGE HOFMANN & "FRACTURED SPACE"

September 28, 2012

Tags: George Hofmann

George Hofmann. Codex Major 5. 2012. Acrylic on birch board, 48 x 38 inches.
For years, Arthur Yanoff, the painter/collagist, has been telling me about George Hofmann’s theory on “fractured space.” According to Yanoff, this is the coming form of painting in the era of cyberspace. For that reason (among others), I was more than ordinarily curious to see Hofmann’s latest work in "George Hofmann," at Show Room, on the Lower East Side (through October 7) (more…)

2 Sculptors, 5 Painters

September 27, 2012

Tags: William Tucker, David Evison, Gerhard Richter, Frank Bowling, Stanley Boxer, Dan Christensen, Joyce Weinstein

David Evison. M-2. 2010. Steel and copper, 40 in. high. Courtesy Galleri Heike Arndt
SCULPTURE: MANHATTAN

One of the most enjoyable shows on view in Manhattan at the moment is “William Tucker: Present and Past” at McKee (through October 13). The literature from the gallery emphasizes “Day” (2012), an 8-foot high, semi-abstract, terracotta-colored plaster horse’s head (destined, the artist hopes, to be cast in bronze). Pictured on the (more…)

SOCIAL NOTES, CONT'D.: LUNCH W. ANDY AT THE MET

September 18, 2012

Tags: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1957). Big Campbell's Soup Can, 19¢ (Beef Noodle). 1962. Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 72 x 54 1/2 in. (182.9 x 158.4 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. (c) 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
The media preview for “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was mobbed—old, young, male, female, flash bulbs popping, cameras rolling (or whatever video cameras do). But the real news was the lunch after the preview, hosted by (more…)

SOCIAL NOTES FROM ALL OVER: CHELSEA

September 11, 2012

Tags: Rob Van Erve, Jules Olitski, Ed Clark, George Sugarman, Harold Cousins, Pollock, Tony Smith, Carolanna Parlato

Carolanna Parlato. Red Sky. 2012. Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 24" x 24" Courtesy Elizabeth Harris Gallery.
Well, and so we are off and running with the new season. I began my immersion on the evening of Thursday, September 6, when legions of galleries in Chelsea held opening receptions for their new shows. The streets of that neighborhood were crowded with people dressed festively, sometimes standing out on the pavement, chatting, and sometimes carrying their plastic glasses filled with wine from one venue to another.

Working my way downtown, (more…)

COMING ATTRACTIONS

September 1, 2012

Tags: Andy Warhol, Bernini, George Bellows, Matisse, Picasso, Alina Szap0cznikov, Sandi Slone, Carolanna Parlato, George Hofmann

Detail of "Kalila and Dimna," in Arabic. Syria? 1354. Bodleian Librarires. University of Oxford, MS. Pococke 400, fol. 75b.

In June, I was up in Connecticut, and had a delicious scone with Stacie Weiner, friend & subscriber to the print edition of FMD. She asked what big shows would be coming to New York in the autumn, so here is the beginning of a list. It’s primarily of museums, as they announce their plans earlier and in more detail, but at the end are four galleries (more…)