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."


January 10, 2016

Tags: Carolanna Parlato, Sandy Walker

Carolanna Parlato, Beckon, 2015. Acrylic and molding paste on canvas, 66 x 72 inches. Courtesy Elizabeth Harris Gallery.
Two appealing mid-career artists are showing at Elizabeth Harris in Chelsea. The front gallery displays eight abstract paintings on canvas (all done in 2015) in “Carolanna Parlato: A Delicate Balance,” while in the back gallery may be found fifteen representational drawings on paper (all done in 2014) in “Sandy Walker: Stehekin Poems” (both through February 14). (more…)


September 11, 2012

Tags: Rob Van Erve, Jules Olitski, Ed Clark, George Sugarman, Harold Cousins, Pollock, Tony Smith, Carolanna Parlato

Carolanna Parlato. Red Sky. 2012. Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 24" x 24" Courtesy Elizabeth Harris Gallery.
Well, and so we are off and running with the new season. I began my immersion on the evening of Thursday, September 6, when legions of galleries in Chelsea held opening receptions for their new shows. The streets of that neighborhood were crowded with people dressed festively, sometimes standing out on the pavement, chatting, and sometimes carrying their plastic glasses filled with wine from one venue to another.

Working my way downtown, (more…)


September 1, 2012

Tags: Andy Warhol, Bernini, George Bellows, Matisse, Picasso, Alina Szap0cznikow, Sandi Slone, Carolanna Parlato, George Hofmann

Detail of "Kalila and Dimna," in Arabic. Syria? 1354. Bodleian Librarires. University of Oxford, MS. Pococke 400, fol. 75b.

In June, I was up in Connecticut, and had a delicious scone with Stacie Weiner, friend & subscriber to the print edition of FMD. She asked what big shows would be coming to New York in the autumn, so here is the beginning of a list. It’s primarily of museums, as they announce their plans earlier and in more detail, but at the end are four galleries (more…)