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."

IN SEARCH OF ZOMBIES

July 30, 2014

"Stephen Dean: Jugglers" at Ameringer McEnery Yohe, 5 June - August 1, 2014.
First, I must make a correction before I launch into my latest discussion of shows I’ve seen. The correction concerns the phrase “zombie formalism.” From two references in the NY Times, I mistakenly assumed in the last print edition issue of FMD that this was a coinage of its senior critic, Roberta Smith, (more…)

THREE MORE ON THE UES

July 13, 2014

Tags: Jean Dubuffet, Miquel Barceló, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Théodore Géricault

Théodore Géricault. Three Stabled Horses Feeding, ca. 1822-23. Watercolor over graphite, 8 3/8 x 14 1/4 inches. Courtesy Jill Newhouse Gallery.
Another promenade on the Upper East Side yields me two more shows moderately worthy of a visit, and one real do-not-miss. The first two are at Acquavella and The Met, the third at Jill Newhouse, at 4 East 81st Street conveniently located just between the other two.
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THREE FOR SCULPTURE

July 6, 2014

Tags: Clodion, Houdon

Buddha in Meditation. Southern Thailand, late 6th–mid- 7th century. First recorded at Wat Phra Boromahathat temple, Chaiya District, Surat Thani province, Thailand. Transferred to Chaiya National Museum. Year unknown. Sandstone 41 5/16 × 23 1/4 × 14 15/16 in. (105 × 59 × 38 cm) Lent by Musée National des Arts Asiatiques–Guimet, Paris (MG18891)
Three current sculpture shows have attracted my attention this summer: one at the Met, one at the Frick, and one at Freedman Art. By coincidence, they’re all on the Upper East Side, so I was able to take them in during one long day. Dealing with them in reverse chronological order, I shall offer the most recent first, the next most recent second, and the most ancient, third. (more…)