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."

POLITICS MEETS ESTHETICS: “PROOF” AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM

October 31, 2017

Tags: Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo

Robert Longo (American, born 1953). Untitled (Bullet Hole in Window, January 7, 2015), 2015—16. Charcoal on mounted paper, 76 x 143 in. (193 x 363.2 cm). © Robert Longo, Ståhl Collection Norrköping, Sweden. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac; London, Paris, Salzburg).
Am I the only person who has OD’d on politics this season? Even if you are one, too, occasionally politics and esthetics harmonize, as is (largely if not entirely) the case at The Brooklyn Museum this fall, where the show is “Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo” (through January 7). (more…)

THREE THAT MAKE A POINT

October 22, 2017

Tags: Sidney Tillim, Arlington Weithers, Ilya Bolotowsky

"The WPA" at the new Washburn Gallery in Chelsea (left to right: Pollock, Smith, Bolotowsky)
On view this month (and nearing the ends of their runs) are three newsworthy exhibitions that each make (or try to make) a point. They are: “ Deadeye Dick: Richard Bellamy and His Circle” at Peter Freeman, Inc. on Grand Street in SoHo (through October 28); “Liminal Space” at CCCADI on East 125th Street in Harlem (through October 26); and “The WPA” at Washburn on Tenth Avenue in Chelsea (through October 28). (more…)

JOHN HOYLAND: STUNNING VISITOR

October 4, 2017

Tags: John Hoyland

John Hoyland, "3.12.65," 1965. Acrylic on canvas, 88”x 154” (223.5 cm x 391.2 cm). No. 62228. © The John Hoyland Estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photograph by Colin Mills, courtesy of Pace Gallery.
At Pace on 57th Street is “John Hoyland: Stain Paintings, 1964-66” (through October 21). This is a stunning, brilliantly-colored show of seven mostly-monumental abstract acrylics by a British painter who died in 2011 at the age of 76, and who hasn’t had a solo exhibition in Manhattan since 1992. (more…)