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."

REGINALD MARSH AT THE N-Y HISTORICAL

October 19, 2013

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Reginald Marsh (1898-1954), Minsky’s Chorus, 1935. Egg tempera on composition board, 38 x 44 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. © 2013 Estate of Reginald Marsh/Art Students League/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
One show I wanted to see—and was not disappointed by—was “Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York,” at the New-York Historical Society (closed, alas, September 1—I wish I’d gotten to it earlier, so I could have posted this review when the show was still open, and my readers would have been able to go see it).

As organized by Barbara Haskell of the Whitney and independent curator Sasha Nicholas, (more…)

ON TO THE MET: JULIA MARGARET CAMERON

October 13, 2013

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Julia Margaret Cameron(English, 1815-1879). Sir John Herschel. April 1867. Albumen silver print from glass negative. The Rubel Collection, Promised Gift of William Rubel. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (L 1997.84.6)
Upon learning from the Metropolitan Museum of Art that they were putting on “Julia Margaret Cameron,” I rushed to get there. I hoped that they would do a better job with this gifted portrait photographer (1815-1879) than MoMA did, when they staged “Julia Margaret Cameron’s Women,” back in 1999. (more…)

MoMA'S GLOOMY AMERICAN "MODERNS"

October 6, 2013

John Marin (American, 1870–1953). Lower Manhattan (Composing Derived from Top of Woolworth). 1922. Gouache and charcoal with paper cut out attached with thread on paper. 21 5/8 x 26 7/8″ (54.5 x 67.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. © 2013 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
A second show I saw at MoMA (after I took in Walker Evans) was one I expected nothing much from, and that was about what I got. It’s a bargain show at the Museum of Modern Art, almost completely culled from its permanent collection, and evidently designed to appeal to late summer tourists, but also provide grist for revanchist big-city pomonians. (more…)