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."

CRITIC’S FANTASY (UPTOWN EDITION)

February 18, 2016

Tags: Richard Diebenkorn, Margie Hughto, Ronnie Landfield, Frank Wimberley.

Frank Wimberley (American, b. 1926). Tide Murmur, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches. Courtesy Gerald Peters Gallery.
Ai me! It’s not only in Chelsea that I am seeing shows about which I am only partially enthusiastic. If I was putting together my own exhibition, here are selections from solo exhibitions by four artists in uptown galleries that I’d include. The artists are Richard Diebenkorn, Margie Hughto, Ronnie Landfield & Frank Wimberley. (more…)

THREE OLD MASTERS

February 7, 2016

Tags: Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Joaquín Torres García

Installation view of "Joaquín Torres-García: The Arcadian Modern" at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 25, 2015–February 15, 2016). Photo by Jonathan Muzikar. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Why do we look at great art of the past? First, to enjoy it. Second, to remind us how much we have forgotten about its quality and how wise it is to refresh that memory so that we can use it to evaluate the present. For both reasons, I recommend not only the surprising inspiration provided by the moving museum retrospective of Joaquín Torres García but also the fine but more familiar gallery shows of Kenneth Noland and Jules Olitski. (more…)

A CRITIC'S FANTASY...

February 1, 2016

Tags: Marcia Scott, James Walsh, Stephanie Franks, Louise P. Sloane, April Hammock, Yvonne Thomas, Nikki Geula, Francine Tint, Kiyomi Baird, Joan Miller, William Beier

William Beier. White Nights (Homage to Hokusai), 2009-2013. UV Ink on canvas, 56 × 72 in (142.2 × 182.9 cm). Courtesy Walter Wickiser Gallery.
Every critic has a secret fantasy…..mine, last week, was that I could extract the few quite nice to very nice paintings that I saw while making the rounds in Chelsea from the context of the shows in which they appeared – in other words, I was fantasizing a gallery of my own…. (more…)