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."

“HENRY'S SHOW" AT PAUL KASMIN: THEN & NOW

February 25, 2015

"The New York School, 1969." Left to right: Motherwell, Smith, Frankenthaler. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.
The big mid-winter show at Paul Kasmin is entitled, “The New York School, 1969: Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art” (through March 14).

As curated by Stewart Waltzer, it aims to recreate the excitement aroused in the fall of 1969 by “New York Painting and Sculpture 1940 – 1970.” (more…)

FRANCINE TINT AT WALTER WICKISER: EXCITING EXPERIMENTATION

February 17, 2015

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Francine Tint. Conjurer, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 48" x 107". Courtesy Walter Wickiser Gallery.
At Walter Wickiser in Chelsea we have “Francine Tint: Echo and Shadow” (through February 25). Technically, this is only half of a two-person show, but Tint’s 14 paintings -- ranging in size from small to large, and all pure abstractions-- occupy the large central space in this gallery and the larger front one of its two side spaces. (more…)

ADVANCE PROMO

February 15, 2015

For the past week, I have been attending the annual conference of the College Art Association (to which I have belonged since my first year in graduate school). It was an exciting experience, but also an upsetting one -- not least because for the first time in all those years, I spoke from the audience to dispute a couple of statements by one of the speakers up on the dais. (more…)

EXTRAVAGANZA IN WILLIAMSBURG

February 10, 2015

........Sideshow Nation III ..........
AMAZING COINCIDENCE DEPARTMENT

Imagine my surprise when I picked up the Weekend Arts II section of the NY Times for January 23 and saw on its front page the huge photograph of a lofty gallery with many, many mostly small- to medium-sized pictures decorating its walls from floor to ceiling (the top ones “skied," in the nomenclature of the Royal Academy of London). At last, I thought, the Times has decided (more…)