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."

WARRINGTON COLESCOTT, WISCONSIN ORIGINAL

April 25, 2016

Tags: Warrington Colescott

Warrington Colescott, Death in Venice - Dark Gondola, 1971. Etching and aquatint, 16” x 12."
On my way out to see Rich Timperio's winter extravaganza at Sideshow, I paused at Figureworks on North 6th Street in Williamsburg. Via email, this gallery had informed me that it was staging “Warrington Colescott: Death in Venice” (closed, alas, on the day I saw it, February 28).

I’d been curious about this artist (more…)

6 SOLOS—2 SPECIOUS, 1 STATELY, 3 WHIMSICAL

April 19, 2016

Tags: Carrie Moyer, Landon Metz, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Gaston Lachaise, Theodore Roszak, Hedda Sterns

Hedda Sterne, Machine Motor Light Blue, 1951. Oil on linen, 39 x 31 3/4 inches (99.1 x 80.6 cm). "Hedda Sterne" lower right on reverse, HS 134. © The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY.
On recent strolls through Chelsea & environs, I saw six shows, featuring three living artists (Carrie Moyer, Landon Metz & Tai-Shan Schierenberg), and three dead ones (Gaston Lachaise, Theodore Roszak, & Hedda Sterne). By a twist of fate, all the shows by the living artists have closed, while you can still get to those of the dead ones. Something here about how life may end, but art goes on… (more…)

BULLETIN FOR NEW YORKERS

April 19, 2016

It's primary day in New York. Don't forget to vote, my fellow New Yorkers -- regardless of your preference! Polls open in the Big Apple till 9 pm.

VIGÉE LE BRUN AT THE MET: MUST I?

April 13, 2016

Tags: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris). Marie Antoinette with a Rose, 1783. Oil on canvas, 46 x 35 in. (116.8 x 88.9 cm), Lynda and Stuart Resnick.
In its seemingly unrelenting search to come up with the “relevant,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art is giving us “Vigée Lebrun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France” (through May 15). This is the first retrospective in modern times of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun (1755-1842), billed as “France’s last great royal portraitist,” and not so coincidentally, a woman (more…)