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."


September 30, 2013

Tags: Hale Woodruff, Walker Evans

Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). Citizen in Downtown Havana. 1932. Gelatin silver print. 9 3/8 x 5 1/16″ (23.8 x 12.9 cm). Lily Auchincloss Fund. Credit: The Museum of Modern Art.
For some reason, I seem to be wallowing in representational art this summer & autumn. But representational isn’t necessarily bad – just as abstraction isn’t necessarily good. In this case, we have two story-telling artists, and although narratives can be boring, I found these two with something to say. (more…)


September 20, 2013

Tags: Chagall

Marc Chagall, Solitude, 1933. Oil on canvas, 44 x 66 in. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, gift of the artist 1953, (c)2013 /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New Y ork/ADAGP, Paris.
Once again, I present my list of the more noteworthy coming attractions this fall. Three of them have already opened, but I’ve only been to one of those three (and as a result include a review of it at the end of this listing). The two biggest museums in town are, in their main exhibits, sitting back on their academic haunches this year, but some of the city’s smaller museums are nobly stepping into the breach (to mix my metaphors). Plus even the occasional gallery. (more…)


September 14, 2013

Tags: Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret). (French, born Switzerland, 1887-1965). Villa Savoye, Poissy, 1928-31. Photograph 2012. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown. Photo (c) 2013 Richard Pare.
Although I am not knowledgeable about architecture, I so much enjoyed the Guggenheim’s 2009 exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Henri Labrouste exhibition at MoMA earlier this year that I was looking forward to “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art over the summer and (more…)


September 5, 2013

Tags: Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Study for New York Movie, 1938 or 1939. Fabricated chalk on paper, 10 7/8 x 8 3/8 (27.6 x 21.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest 70.140
The press officer at the New-York Historical Society, where I'd been to admire its Reginald Marsh show (now alas closed), asked if I’d seen “Hopper Drawing” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This made me realize that this was a show I ought to see. I’d been (more…)