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."

ALONG THE ABSTRACT TRAIL IN MANHATTAN

November 18, 2012

Tags: Peter Halley, John Zinsser, Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella, Hofmann, Ronnie Landfield

Ronnie Landfield. Bluebird, 2ooo. Acrylic on canvas, 89 x 76 in. Photo courtesy the artist.
Despite the depredations of Hurricane Sandy, a number of abstract shows have been rearing their curly heads this fall. The biggest and most prestigious (at least, until MoMA opens its big historical “Inventing Abstraction” in December) was “Conceptual Abstraction” at Hunter College’s huge but curiously arid West 41st Street Times Square Gallery (more…)

SOCIAL NOTES, NO. 3: MEDIA PREVIEWS WEEK

November 12, 2012

Tags: Michelangelo, Rembrandt van Rijn, Alina Szapocznikow

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Two Men in Discussion, 1641. Quill and reed pen in brown ink, with corrections in white gouache, 9 x 7.25 inches. (c) The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.
Continuing (& concluding) the saga I began earlier, I give you four more social/artistic events on the Manhattan museum circuit, 2 here & 2 more in a second installment (below) The week beginning Monday October 1 had a museum media preview four days running, Monday through Thursday. In fact, there were two on Monday, but I didn’t (more…)

SOCIAL NOTES: 4TH AND LAST INSTALLMENT

November 12, 2012

Tags: Thomas Cole, Picasso

Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman: Right Profile (Marie-Thérèse) Tête de femme. profil droit [Marie-Thérèse}. Boisgeloup, July 19, 1934. Oil and charcoal on canvas, 64.8 x 49.5 cm. Collection of Aaron I. Fleischman. (c) 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York. Photo: Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
As the fourth (& last) installment of my social notes from all over, I give you the two last media previews that I attended during that first star-studded week in October.

WEDNESDAY: THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

As I said before, I didn’t know about the media preview for “WWII & NYC” at The New York Historical Society (more…)

SANDI SLONE: QUICK METTLE

November 12, 2012

Tags: Sandi Slone

Sandi Slone. Vulcan Love. 2012. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 46 x 43 inches. Courtesy of Allegra LaViola Gallery.
From September 5 through October 6, “Sandi Slone: Quick Mettle Rich Blood” was at Allegra LaViola, on the Lower East Side. I thought the show worth seeing and accordingly wrote a favorable review of it for artcritical.com. My summary of Slone’s career, as I’ve followed it over the past (more…)

EVE OLITSKI (1948-2012)

November 9, 2012

Tags: Eve Olitski

I am sorry to report the unexpected death of Eve Olitski, elder sister of Lauren Olitski Poster , and daughter of Jules Olitski with his first wife, Gladys (Katz) Olin Pactovis. Eve Olitski died at her home in West Hartford CT. Like her father & sister, she was (more…)

TRIPLE EXPOSURE: OLITSKI IN DC & NYC

November 8, 2012

Tags: Jules Olitski

Jules Olitski. Shaker. 1961. Magna acrylic on canvas, 25 x 16 inches. Courtesy The Olitski Family Estate and Freedman Art.
For the last year and a half, my art world friends on Facebook have been telling me about & attempting to show me the joys of “Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski.” This exhibition of 32 paintings from 1960 to 2005 was, according to its luxurious catalogue, originally co-organized by Barbara O’Brien and Rachel Blackburn Cozad, respectively (more…)

HE'S HAPPIER NOW

November 7, 2012

Tags: politics

He's happier now --and so am I.

WHY ISN'T THIS MAN HAPPIER?

November 4, 2012

Tags: Politics

The other night, David Letterman voiced a sentiment that I – and doubtless millions of others – had been feeling ever since last Sunday “The best thing to be said for Hurricane Sandy is that he/she/it has blasted the election campaign off of the front pages.” For (more…)