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."

FRIEDEL DZUBAS: A TALE OF TWO GALLERIES

April 26, 2015

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Friedel Dzubas, Chenango, 1973. Acrylic (Magna) on canvas, 46 x 172 inches. Courtesy Loretta Howard Gallery.
Sometimes an artist is too big for one gallery. Take Friedel Dzubas, currently featured at Loretta Howard in Chelsea and Elkon on the Upper East Side. Each exhibition offers a different aspect of Dzubas—and both fit right into their neighborhoods.

In a nutshell, Chelsea values process, while the Upper East Side digs serenity. Dzubas, though he died in 1994, was – and remains – able to excel in both. (more…)

HAPPY MARRIAGE: BANNARD AT BERRY CAMPBELL

April 15, 2015

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Walter Darby Bannard, Yellow Rose #1, 1963. Alkyd Resin on canvas, 66 3/4 x 62 3/4 inches. Courtesy Berry Campbell Gallery.
I have two problems with the semantics surrounding the exhibition I am about to review. I have no problems whatsoever with the exhibition itself, which is a model marriage between modernism and minimalism, a true beauty.

The show I allude to, of course, is “Walter Darby Bannard: Minimal Color Field Paintings 1958-1965,” at Berry Campbell (through April 18). (more…)