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."

CIVIL WAR AT THE MET (Part One)

July 25, 2013

Tags: Winslow Homer, Conrad Wise Chapman

Conrad Wise Chapman. The Flag of Sumter,October 20, 1863. 1863-64. Oil on board, 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches. Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond , VA, 0985.14.371. Photography by Alan Thompson.
Over those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, when all most of us really want to do is sit in the shade and drink a cool drink, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is treating us to not one but two big, ambitious doses of blood and guts--two major loan shows dealing with the Civil War. (more…)

SUMMER SIZZLER: GROUPS & SOLOS

July 19, 2013

Tags: Peter Reginato, Ayn S. Choi, Seymour Lipton, Shirley Goldfarb, Kenneth Noland, James Chapin, Francine Tint, Irene Neal, Temma Bell, Wolf Kahn

KENNETH NOLAND. Time Lift, 1966. Acrylic on canvas (can hang both ways). 96 x 24 inches. Courtesy of Loretta Howard Gallery
As temperatures rose, I remembered that summer is a season for group shows, so I made a point of getting to some exhibitions featuring more than one artist. First was “New Paintings: Dana Gordon, John Mendelsohn” at Sideshow in Williamsburg (closed May 10). Both Gordon & Mendelsohn are mid-career abstractionists making (more…)

EARLY MODS IN MONTCLAIR

July 9, 2013

Tags: Jonas Lie, Allen Tucker, Walter Pach, Oscar Bluemner

Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938). Paterson Mills, ca. 1911. Colored pencil and ink on paper. Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection, Stetson University , DeLand, Florida
The Montclair Art Museum is an easy commute. The De Camp Bus lines’ #33 route from Port Authority decants you on the doorstep of the museum in only 40 minutes or so, and the museum has long had a reputation for exhibitions that match the ambition – if not the scale – of Manhattan’ s museums. A year or so ago, I vastly enjoyed its presentation of “Cézanne in America,” and this time, I looked forward to seeing two new shows: “The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913” and “Oscar Bluemner’s America: Picturing Paterson, New Jersey” (both, alas, closed June 16). (more…)