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."

NOLDE: A DEPARTURE THAT'S NOT A DEPARTURE

February 20, 2014

Tags: Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde. Phantasie (Drei Köpfe) (Imagination (Three Heads)), 1931-35. Watercolor, graphite and ink on Japan paper, 16.14 x 12.01 inches (41 x 30.5 cm). ENo 106. Courtesy of Van Doren Waxter and Beck & Eggeling
This bloody winter has gotten everybody down. I am so sick of snow I could scream, and, because I can't be sure of my footing in all the ice and slush, I've gotten out to only a few shows. However, one was “Emil Nolde: Expressions in Watercolor” (through February 28). And I don't regret that. (more…)

CATCHING UP

February 8, 2014

Tags: David Smith, Hofmann, Larry Poons, Ed Clark

Ed Clark, "Untitled," 2004. Acrylic on canvas, 77 x 51 1/4 inches. EC 110. Photo Courtesy the Artist and Tilton Gallery, NY.
Having been busy with domestic activities, I’ve let 4 worthy shows go until they were over, or nearly over. Now I must catch up. The 4 I’ll discuss are “David Smith: The Forgings” at Gagosian (Madison Avenue) (closed January 11); “Hans Hofmann” at Ameringer McEnery Yohe (closed January 25); “Larry Poons: New Paintings” at Danese Corey (closing February 8) and “Ed Clark: Big Bang” at Jack Tilton, now at 8 East 76th Street (through February 22). (more…)

REWARDING BOUTIQUES

February 1, 2014

Tags: Piero della Francesca, Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova (Italian, Possagno 1757–1822 Venice) The Creation of the World 1821–22 Plaster Gipsoteca, Possagno (Inv. 292)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently has two truly rewarding boutique shows. One is “Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters” (through March 30) and the other is “Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works” (through April 27). Piero is the greater artist; Canova’s exhibition is the more comprehensive display of his art. (more…)