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."

WALTER DARBY BANNARD (1934-2016): HE TOUCHED A LOT OF LIVES

November 1, 2016

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Walter Darby Bannard, The Windwards (13-1B), 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 49 1/2 x 54 inches. Courtesy Berry Campbell
When word broke on Facebook on October 2 that Walter Darby Bannard had died, I received more than the ordinary number of worried or consolatory emails. This was proof, if I needed any, that he was widely known and loved, not only for his fine painting but also for his teaching, for his role as dauntless defender of modernism in print, and for simply being a very nice guy. (more…)

SOCIAL (& ESTHETIC) NOTES FROM ALL OVER

October 26, 2016

Tags: Darby Bannard, Friedel Dzubas, Kenworth Moffett, David Crum, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Kim Uchiyama, Gerald Jackson

Gerald Jackson, A Blue and Green Painting, 2015. Acrylic and pastel on canvas, 30 by 24 each. Photo courtesy of Kim Uchiyama.
This has been a more than ordinarily social autumn season for me. True, two of the six occasions that I’ll be covering in this post were tinged with melancholy, but all were reminders that art – and life itself – go on.

First, on October 13, I attended the opening of “Walter Darby Bannard: Recent Paintings” (more…)

SUMMERTIME IN CHELSEA

July 14, 2016

Tags: Hofmann, Bo Bartlett, Darby Bannard

Walter Darby Bannard, Green Grip #2, 1964-1965. Acrylic on canvas, 66 3/4 x 63 inches. Courtesy Berry Campbell.
Ameringer McEnery Yohe has a small show of 30s and early 40s Hans Hofmann in its back gallery, and a large show of recent work by Bo Bartlett, a 60-year-old allegorical realist, in its front two galleries (both shows through August 12). Berry Campbell is devoting its entire exhibition space to “Summer Selections” (through July 22). All three exhibitions are not without interest—but if I am rushing into print with this review (only a day after my last post), it’s primarily to tell my readers about the Berry Campbell show before it closes. (more…)

THE ART FAIRS OF (MOSTLY) EARLY MARCH, AND DARBY BANNARD'S BRILLIANT INSIGHT

June 15, 2015

Tags: de Kooning, Irene Neal, Darby Bannard

Willem de Kooning. Untitled (Still Life with Eggs and Potato Masher), 1928-1929. Oil and sand on canvas, 18 x 24 inches. (c) Estate of Willem de Kooning, Courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.
Following CAA, the next avalanche of art-world “news” to descend onto Manhattan was the art fairs that took place between March 4 & 8. The two original and most conspicuous were The Armory Show, on Piers 92 & 94 in the Hudson River, and The Art Show, at the Park Avenue Armory, but there were about ten others.

Together, these dozen offered more than 700 booths—of dealers from all over the world, plus (more…)

HAPPY MARRIAGE: BANNARD AT BERRY CAMPBELL

April 15, 2015

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Walter Darby Bannard, Yellow Rose #1, 1963. Alkyd Resin on canvas, 66 3/4 x 62 3/4 inches. Courtesy Berry Campbell Gallery.
I have two problems with the semantics surrounding the exhibition I am about to review. I have no problems whatsoever with the exhibition itself, which is a model marriage between modernism and minimalism, a true beauty.

The show I allude to, of course, is “Walter Darby Bannard: Minimal Color Field Paintings 1958-1965,” at Berry Campbell (through April 18). (more…)

BRAVO, BANNARD: A MAJOR SHOW IN CHELSEA

March 2, 2014

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Walter Darby Bannard. Dragon Water, 1977. Acrylic on c on canvas, 65 x 65 in. (165.1 x 165.1 cm.). Photo courtesy Berry Campbell, New York NY
Walter Darby Bannard is a hedonist, and proud of it. He believes that the role of art is to give pleasure. It’s not meant to be an intellectual exercise, or political propaganda, or even an illustration of something that it’s not (though he has plenty of room in his lexicon for representational painters, past and present, whose work pleasures the eye, regardless of what else it may or may not do). (more…)

MULTIPLICATION OF BLOGS

August 29, 2012

Tags: John Link, Darby Bannard, Franklin Einspruch

I am happy to report that John Link and Darby Bannard have established a new blog called artcrit.org This is not to be confused with Newcrit, the more formal website that Link & Bannard have had posted for some time. artcrit.org is intended to function much as artblog.net, the blog created by Frankin Einspruch, used to function, in the days when comments appeared immediately on it and the result was a free-ranging conversation comparable (more…)

APHORISMS FOR ARTISTS

October 29, 2011

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Darby Bannard has just distilled his decades of teaching art into a handy-dandy online tome with 100 elemental thoughts about the subject, each with a pocket-size "chapter" of comment. Here's the link: