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."

CLASS ACT: POONS

February 25, 2013

Tags: Larry Poons

The class act in Chelsea is "Larry Poons: New Paintings" at Loretta Howard/Danese (through March 2). The show is at Loretta Howard’s gallery, but its upstairs level is now turned over to Danese. It makes perfect sense for this combined gallery to lead off its new existence with a show by Poons, (more…)

PIERO IN MANHATTAN

February 12, 2013

Tags: Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca (1411/13-1492). Saint John the Evangelist, 1454-1469. Oil and tempera on poplar panel, thinned and cradled. 52.7 x 24.5 inches. The Frick Collection, New York.
At The Frick Collection is a perfect gem of a show—on the main floor, in the Oval Gallery. The show has only seven paintings and only three of any size at all-- but in terms of their impact and inner largeness, all are giants. There is also the theoretical reconstruction of (more…)

THE BIGGEST LITTLE SHOW IN TOWN

February 5, 2013

Tags: Heide Hatry, Randy Bloom, Louise P. Sloane, Forrest Myers, Ann Walsh

"Sideshow Nation" (works by Bornstein & Krynski in the foreground).
So, it is with us once again – the greatest little show in town, the annual extravaganza at Sideshow in Williamsburg (closes March 3). This year, it’s called “Sideshow Nation.” The title was suggested by Nancy Haynes, one of the 476 artists listed on its incredible checklist, because, according to Sideshow’s mastermind, Richard Timperio, she sees the show as a country or a tribe of creativity “that has reached the status of an all-inclusive nation.” Another artist in the show, (more…)