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."

MINKIN & PIERMARINI, TWO MOFFETTEERS AT SIDESHOW

March 25, 2017

Tags: Marjorie Minkin, Bruce Piermarini

Marjorie Minkin, "Broken Promises" (2017). Acrylic on canvas, 62 x 46 inches. Courtesy Sideshow Gallery.
What will become of those painters assembled by the late, great Kenworth Moffett under the rubric “New New Painters”? One answer may be seen at Sideshow in Williamsburg, with "Marjorie Minkin & Bruce Piermarini, Pour: Rush Rest Release" (through April 2). Short form: both painters are former members of Moffett's group, and New Englanders who rely heavily on pouring, but one uses it to further explore the possibilities most praised by Moffett, while the other is engaged in what the French call reculer pour mieux sauter, which (loosely translated) means “falling back in order to get a running start and make a bigger jump ahead.” (more…)

FAREWELL, HOWARD SCOTT & HELLO, ATTA KWAMI

March 18, 2017

Tags: Atta Kwami

Atta Kwami, "Thami Mnyele II," 2016. Courtesy Howard Scott Gallery
Although I didn’t review every show that Howard Scott staged in his eponymous Chelsea gallery, I did stop by to look at the work he displayed more often. Scott’s taste was usually purer and more minimal than mine, but the gallery as a whole was a class act. This was particularly true with its final presentation—a show called: “Thami,” featuring the powerfully colorful geometric abstractions of a Ghanaian artist named Atta Kwami (closed March 18). (more…)

ON THE BEATEN (CHELSEA) PATH: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE BEAUTFUL

March 9, 2017

Tags: Marilyn Kirsch, Katharina Grosse, Dan Christensen

Dan Christensen, Laredo, 2001. Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 inches. Courtesy Berry Campbell.
Sorry, folks, I am still behind schedule, so two of the four shows I took in during a recent visit to Chelsea have already gone down, and the other two will go down this coming weekend. However, as a group they offer insights into the range of what’s offered in Chelsea – which (to borrow a title from an old movie about porn & politics) encompasses everything from the good (at Paul Kasmin & The Painting Center) to the bad (at Gagosian) to the beautiful (at Berry Campbell). (more…)