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."

FOUR IN BROOKLYN

May 24, 2014

Tags: Fran Kornfeld, Amalia Piccinini, Audrey Anastasi, TomKeough, Anders Knutsson, Scott Bennett

Tom Keough. Blizzard. 2013. Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches. Photo Courtesy Tabla Rasa.
For some time now, I’ve been citing the title of “Only the Dead Know Brooklyn,” a famous short story. It’s by the first Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), a writer from Asheville, North Carolina who came to the Big Apple and in 1929 won fame for “Look Homeward, Angel,” a coming-of-age novel with a less than flattering portrait of his home town. (more…)

10 Reviews & 1 Advisory

March 26, 2013

Tags: Jim Dine, Thomas Nozkowski, Amalia Piccinini, Ronnie Landfield, Charles Hinman, Peter Reginato, Walt Kuhn, Marina Adams, Walter Robinson, Franz Kline, Fran Kornfeld, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thornton Willis

In the following post, I will offer reviews of ten (count them, 10) gallery exhibitions, around about Manhattan & in Williamsburg. I also offer a briefer advisory about “Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959,” at Gagosian on 21st Street (through April 13). I don’t yet know what I’ll say about (more…)

BREAKING NEWS! WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM! PAGE ONE HEADLINE!

April 20, 2010

Tags: Rothko, Irene Neal, Willard Boepple, Fran Kornfeld, Cartier-Bresson

The Museum of Modern Art has finally found a show that is both drawing mobs and landing it on Page One of the New York Times. Who among our edgy younger curators could ask for anything more? This show demands nothing but prurient curiosity from viewers, plus the willingness to pretend that this is a serious, highbrow presentation instead of a peep show for people who like to say they went to a museum but don’t really like painting or sculpture. (more…)