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."

SUMMER AT THE MET: STATISTICS & THREE TO COOL OFF WITH

August 29, 2015

Tags: John Singer Sargent, George Caleb Bingham

George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811–1879. The Jolly Flatboatmen. Oil on canvas, 38 1/8 × 48 1/2 in. (96.8 × 123.2 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington. Patrons’ Permanent Fund.
Summer is a grand time to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Despite the crowds it draws it never gets all filled up (except in the cafeteria at lunchtime), and the temperature is so divinely cool. But don’t be deceived by those aristocratic high ceilings and genteel atmosphere of unconcern: the museum is nevertheless packing them in. (more…)

STANLEY WHITNEY: "DANCE THE ORANGE"

August 24, 2015

Tags: Stanley Whitney

Stanley Whitney, In Our Songs, 1996. Oil on linen, 77 × 103 inches.
Not only has this city been luxuriating in warm but not desperately hot air this summer; even better, it has discovered a new culture hero. He is Stanley Whitney, whose abstract paintings are or have been on display in two exhibitions. “Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange” is of 21st century work, and is at The Studio Museum in Harlem (through October 25). (more…)

CROWNING JOYS AT THE CROWN BUILDING

August 7, 2015

Tags: Peter Reginato, Stone Roberts, Martin Lewis

Martin Lewis (1881-1962), Dawn, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, c.1933. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc.
Back in the 1960s, when I was patrolling the art scene for Time and 57th Street was the center of the action, the Crown Building, at 730 Fifth Avenue, didn’t count for much, even though its entrance was just around the corner from 57th Street.

Nowadays, all that has changed. Even though the center of the art action has shifted southward, the Crown Building has become the HQ for a handful of good-sized galleries – three of which stood out for me in a recent visit. (more…)

BROTHER ACT

August 1, 2015

Tags: Kenneth Noland, Neil Noland

Neil Noland, Untitled, 6-29-83. Glazed ceramic, 15 1/4 x 25 x 1 in. Lent by Johanna Vanderbeek.
Again I’m late, but still want to report on two good shows by talented brothers. One show displayed shaped canvases by Kenneth Noland in Manhattan (closed yesterday); the other featured ceramic sculptures by Neil Noland, one of Kenneth’s younger brothers, on Long Island (closed today). I’ll also report on two art fairs I saw on Long Island. (more…)