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."


January 27, 2014

Once again, Richard Timperio has mounted his show of shows at Sideshow in Williamsburg. This year, the 13th in the series, it is entitled “Sideshow Nation II: At the Alamo,” and includes work by more than 550 artists (through March 3). (more…)


January 19, 2014

Tags: Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Kline, Jens Jensen, David Evison, John Griefen

Franz Kline. "Ninth Avenue Elevated RR Station at Christopher Street," 1940-41. Oil on board, 16 x 22 inches. Private Collection. (c) 2012 The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Not infrequently exhibition catalogs come my way. Here are four that I found of more than ordinary interest. The first three are of single artists: Noland, Frankenthaler & Kline. The third is a group show: Jens Jensen, David Evison, & John Griefen. The first three are of interest to me because of their attempts to find imagery in abstraction; the fourth is simply a handsome tribute of its own. (more…)


January 11, 2014

Tags: Balthus, Titian

Venus and Adonis. Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Italian, Venetian, born ca. 1488, died 1576) Oil on canvas; 42 x 52 1/2 in. (106.7 x 133.4 cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.16)
Well, and so it is time to report on the doings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this autumn--both what I enjoyed & what I skipped (they have so many shows, it's impossible to take them all in). Their largest special exhibition, I believe, was textiles, but they’re also staging shows of jewelry and (more…)


January 5, 2014

Tags: Kandinsky

Vassily Kandinsky. Composition V. 1911. Oil on canvas. Private Collection.
Another grand show with extra appeal for modernists is “Vassily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925” at the Neue Galerie (through February 10).

As organized by Dr. Jill Lloyd (an art historian who has already organized several shows for the Neue Galerie), this exhibition includes over 80 works, including paintings, drawings, watercolors and decorative objects. (more…)