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."

CARO—EARLY & LATE AT MITCHELL-INNES

January 8, 2017

Tags: Anthony Caro

ANTHONY CARO. first drawings last sculptures. Installation view at Mitchell Innes & Nash, 2016. Photo: Adam Reich.
For their first exhibition of Sir Anthony Caro since his death in October 2013, his longtime New York gallery, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, has chosen to focus not just on his last work, but on the remarkable consistency that unites this last work with some of his earliest (through February 4). (more…)

FROM THICK TO THIN, ETC.

April 14, 2014

Tags: Jean Fautrier, Zhu Jinshi, Scott Williams, Chuck Thomas, Peter Reginato, Anthony Caro

Peter Reginato. WTF. 2011. Stainless steel and enamel, 47 x 48 x 35 in. Photo courtesy the artist.
In my last posting, I mentioned that Jean Fautrier was in “Thick Paint,” a three-man show uptown. Never having seen Fautrier’s work first-hand, I got there—as well as to two other galleries, with work by Scott Williams, Chuck Thomas, and Peter Reginato. Finally,capsule coverage of three monster shows staged in the first week of March. (more…)

SO LONG, TONY

November 1, 2013

Tags: Anthony Caro

Anthony Caro. Red Splash, 1966. Steel, painted. 45 1/2" x 69" x 41". Collection Mr. and Mrs. David Mirvish, .Toronto. Photograph (c) Barford Sculptures, photographer John Riddy.
So—Sir Anthony Caro is gone. At least it was quick and painless (we should all be so lucky). And he was 89: it was the end of a long, rich and full life. I first met him in late 1969, about three months after I'd left Time. I'd decided to leave New York, go to London, and (more…)

A VISIT TO NEW HAVEN: CARO

December 16, 2012

Tags: Anthony Caro

Anthony Caro. Table Piece LXXX, 1969. Steel, painted deep blue, 13 1/2 x 53 x 38 inches. Private Collection, London.
The New Yorker and the New York Times headed to New Haven to commemorate yet another face-lifting at the Yale University Art Gallery, but I had another destination: “Caro: Close Up,” an exhibition featuring more than 60 mostly small-scale works by the British master at the Yale Center for British Art (through December 30.) (more…)

TWO STARS

March 12, 2012

Tags: Jack Bush, Anthony Caro

Jack Bush. June Lilac. 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 74 1/2 x 64 3/8 inches. Private Collection. Image courtesy Freedman Art
Two stars are currently in exhibitions in Manhattan. One such show is “Jack Bush: New York Visit” at Freedman Art (through April 28). The other is “Anthony Caro: New Small Bronzes,” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash (uptown branch; through April 5). The Bush exhibition is the more ambitious, with 14 medium- to large-scale acrylics on canvas, dating from 1961 to 1976. But the Caro is not without its charms, consisting as it does of 8 striking small sculptures, all done (more…)

BEAUTY ON THE ROOFTOP

May 5, 2011

Tags: Anthony Caro

Anthony Caro (British, b. 1924). After Summer, 1968. Painted steel. Collection of Audrey and David Mirvish, Toronto. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wilson Santiago
Sorry I couldn’t make it to the Monday night opening on April 25 of Sculptures by Anthony Caro in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on view through October 30, weather permitting). However, I did get to a more intimate gathering, the media preview that morning, and (more…)

THE ART SCENE AS MARKET

April 25, 2011

Tags: Kenneth Noland, Anthony Caro, Jill Nathanson, Miljan Suknovic

Miljan Suknovic, Diptych. 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 72" x 115".
Earlier this spring, I pulled a groin muscle, so I’ve schlepped to Chelsea only occasionally recently, nor have I gotten to those Lower East Side venues that the Times now touts as the hangouts of the new. Maybe I’m only making excuses, but one big reason (more…)

FOR YOUR HOLIDAY VIEWING PLEASURE...

November 24, 2010

Tags: Jules Olitski, Anthony Caro, Jan Gossart, Goya

Should you be in the mood for looking at art over the holiday weekend, here are three shows that I can highly recommend --- or rather, one show and two half-shows.

The one show that I can unqualifiedly recommend is “Jules Olitski & Anthony Caro: Making Art as Naked as Possible, 1964-1978” at (more…)

2 STARS, 1 ARTIST OF DUAL AMBITION

November 17, 2010

Tags: Anthony Caro, Larry Poons, Jill Nathanson

At Mitchell-Innes & Nash in Chelsea, one may see “Anthony Caro: Upright Sculptures” (through December 11). If you have never seen a Caro exhibition, this is well worth a visit, but (more…)