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."

CAA (PART ONE): OF CRITICS & ART MARKETS

May 31, 2015

Tags: Mark Grotjahn

Mark Grotjahn. Untitled (Circus No. 1 Face 44.18). 2012. Oil on cardboard mounted on linen. 8’ 5 1/2” × 72 1/2” (257.8 × 184.2 cm). Collection Donald B. Marron, New York. Courtesy Mark Grotjahn. Copyright Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio
This two-part post deals primarily (though not exclusively) with the 103rd annual conference from February 11 to February 14 of the College Art Association. The first part replaces the April 9 post in which I discussed a show of contemporary painting & the first session I attended at CAA: I revised this post, condensed it & then added my experiences of the next three sessions I attended, all of which dealt with art-historical topics. The contemporary art is here because I think that it, more than anything else, determines how art history is seen & taught. (more…)

FERTILE INVENTION: AL LOVING AT GARTH GREENAN

May 25, 2015

Tags: Al Loving

Al Loving, Barbara in Spiral Heaven, 1989. Mixed media on paper. Collage. 93 1/2 x 141 inches. Courtesy the Estate of Al Loving and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
May 21 was a good night for openings. I got to two, both at 529 West 20th Street. The one I'd come to see, and will discuss below, was “Al Loving” at Garth Greenan (through June 27). The other was “Shades of Paint”, a multifaceted group show at André Zarre (through June 24). (more…)

PROLIFIC POONS AT DANESE/COREY

May 16, 2015

Tags: Larry Poons

Larry Poons. Angle of Landscape, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 64 5/8 x 97 3/4 inches. Courtesy Danese/Corey.
It is truly amazing, how fertile is the invention of Larry Poons, still going strong at 77. Even more amazing is how successful are so many of the works in “Larry Poons: New Paintings” at Danese/Corey (through May 29).

Abstract expressionism, Monet lily pads and steamy (more…)