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."


October 31, 2015

Tags: Randy Bloom

Randy Bloom, "Why? Why? Why?" 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 79 x 67 inches. Photo Courtesy the Artist.
In her exhibition titles, Randy Bloom uses language as contemporary as today’s news. Her exhibition at André Zarre is “Don’t Shoot: All Lives Matter” (through November 14). But her work combines a technique that goes back to Cro-Magnon times with imagery that continually evolves—it’s never been the same for long, nor is the end in sight. (more…)


October 25, 2015

Tags: Janice Van Horne Greenberg

As many--and perhaps most --- of my readers already know, Janice Van Horne Greenberg, widow of Clement Greenberg and a published author in her own right, died on October 14 in New York.

The cause of death was COPD, from which she had suffered for a long time. She was 81. (more…)


October 21, 2015

Tags: Francisco Oller

Francisco Oller (Puerto Rican, 1833-1917). Still Life with Coconuts (Naturaleza muerta con cocos), circa 1893. Oil on canvas, 27 3/4 x 44 1/4 in. (70.5 x 112.4 cm), framed. Private collection, New Jersey.
Some artists blossom early. Others, like fine wine, age into maturity. An illuminating show chronicling just such an evolution is “Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World” at the Brooklyn Museum (through January 3, 2016). (more…)


October 15, 2015

Tags: Meret Oppenheim, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning

Sotheby's Cherchez la femme: Women and Surrealism exhibition. Courtesy Sotheby's.
The original outsider was a 15th century French poet. When François Villon wasn’t killing people in barroom brawls, he wrote “The Ballad of the Ladies of Olden Times.”

The famous refrain asks, “Where are the snows of yesteryear?’ And in 2015, the answer is--at Sotheby’s, with a stimulating, stunning “selling exhibition” called “Cherchez la femme: Women and Surrealism” (through October 17). (more…)


October 6, 2015

Tags: David Evison, John Foster, Peter Hide, Cara London

Cara London, NYT Recycling, 2008. Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in. Photo courtesy of the artist.
I’m easing into the season gradually—so far, only one big toe in the water. In this posting, which is the first of two I'm putting up simultaneously, I shall deal with 3 of the 11 topics I’m introducing today. The 3 are: 1) a fine British exhibition catalog; 2) delectable paintings onstage & off in an East Village theater; and 3) surprising reading on “The Vermonter”… (more…)


October 6, 2015

Tags: Fred Stonehouse, Janie Paul, Tai Xiangzhou, Dan Christensen

Dan Christensen at Leslie Feely. Courtesy Leslie Feely.
Items 4 through 11: conventional venues—in Chelsea: 4) Fred Stonehouse at Howard Scott; 5) Martha Armstrong at Bowery; 6) William Christine at Prince Street; 7) Janie Paul at Blue Mountain; 8) Frank Stella at Paul Kasmin (293 Tenth); 9) Tai Xiangzhou at Paul Kasmin (297 Tenth); 10) Dan Christensen at Berry Campbell; finally (eek! How unfashionable!) on the Upper East Side,11) Dan Christensen (and others) at Leslie Feely. (more…)