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."

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AT THE MET

December 30, 2012

Tags: George Bellows

George Bellows (American, Columbus, Ohio 1882-1925 New York, New York). Pennsylvania Excavation, 1907. Oil on canvas, 33 7/8 x 44 in. (86 x 111.8 cm). Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Gift of Mary Gordon Roberts, Class of 1960, in honor of her 50th reunion.
Just when I get so irked by how The Metropolitan Museum of Art is attempting to modernize – or rather, post-modernize—itself that I feel like throwing something at it, along comes the holiday season. Up goes that stupendous 20-foot blue spruce in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, with its collection of 18th century Neapolitan angels (more…)

ARGUABLY THE BEST

December 19, 2012

Tags: Al Loving

Al Loving. Untitled, ca. 1974-1975. Mixed media, 174 x 132 3/4 inches. Courtesy Gary Snyder Gallery.
Arguably the best solo exhibition in Chelsea this autumn is “Al Loving: Torn Canvas” at Gary Snyder (through December 22). For my money, its only possible competition was the show of Carolanna Parlato at Elizabeth Harris. Parlato’s was a beautiful show in its way, but not (more…)

A VISIT TO NEW HAVEN: CARO

December 16, 2012

Tags: Anthony Caro

Anthony Caro. Table Piece LXXX, 1969. Steel, painted deep blue, 13 1/2 x 53 x 38 inches. Private Collection, London.
The New Yorker and the New York Times headed to New Haven to commemorate yet another face-lifting at the Yale University Art Gallery, but I had another destination: “Caro: Close Up,” an exhibition featuring more than 60 mostly small-scale works by the British master at the Yale Center for British Art (through December 30.) (more…)

CHRISTMAS BONUSES

December 10, 2012

Tags: Dan Christensen, Pollock, Jill Nathanson, Francine Tint

Dan Christensen (1942-2007). Sarajevo, 1969. Acrylic on canvas, 83 x 53 inches. Courtesy Spanierman Modern, New York
For hardy souls who can face the rigors of mid-town Manhattan, I recommend two shows within two blocks of each other: “Dan Christensen: The Early Sprays, 1967-1969,” at Spanierman Modern, on East 58th Street, and “Jackson Pollock: A Centennial Exhibition,” at Jason McCoy, in the Fuller Building. But (more…)