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."


September 28, 2018

Tags: Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling, Elder Sun Benjamin, 2018. Acrylic and mixed media on collaged canvas, 119.29h x 203.54w in. (303h x 517w cm.) Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Hales Gallery, London. © 2018 Frank Bowling.
With a birthdate of February 26, 1934, Guyana-born, London-based Frank Bowling finds it harder to get around than it used to be, but he still made it to the opening of “Frank Bowling: Make It New” at Alexander Gray Associates (through October 13). And all his American fans (including myself) were very glad to see him. (more…)


September 29, 2017

Tags: Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling, Metropolitanblooms, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 35 1/8 x 26 5/8 inches. Courtesy Hales Project Room.
Having arrived on this planet the year before Poons did, Frank Bowling is now comfortably ensconced among the ranks of the octogenarians. He too continues to paint away as busily as ever in his London studio, but for its inaugural exhibition, the pocket-sized Hales Project Room on Delancey Street opted to offer to American viewers six modestly scaled Bowling acrylics on canvas executed in the late 70s and early 80s, when the artist was working a London studio measuring just 12 x 14 feet.

The show as a whole is called “Frank Bowling: Metropolitanbloooms” (through October 15). (more…)


February 2, 2017

Tags: Gina Medcalf, Charles Hewlings, John McLean, Damien Hirst, John Hoyland, Jules Olitski, Bruce McLean, Virginia Jaramillo, Frank Bowling, Kevin Sinnott

Thanks to a deeply-discounted plane ticket that I was fortunate enough to obtain, I recently spent a blissful week in what (at this moment) may be my favorite country, England. As I had only three days in London, one in Oxford and one in Worcestershire, I planned my stay in advance detail comparable to limning angels on a pin’s head. To my delight, nearly everything went off like clockwork. (more…)


June 2, 2016

Tags: Frank Bowling, Jules Olitski, Roy Lichtenstein, Kenneth Noland, Stanley Boxer, Lee Krasner, Esteban Vicente, Yunhee Min

Yunhee Min, Movements (swell 1), 2015. Acrylic on linen, 45 x 45 inches (114.3 x 114.3 cm). (AMY28111). Courtesy Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe & the artist.
Our enterprising gallerists have more than one way to promote the artists they believe in. Here's a rundown of a slew of displays of work during this past winter and spring that I’ve found worth prospecting. (more…)


June 2, 2014

Tags: Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling (b. 1936). "Foroseabouquet." 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 70 inches Courtesy Spanierman Modern
Despite the fact that Frank Bowling is now 78, and subject to the sorts of frailty that many & maybe most seniors fall heir to, he is still going strong. This could be seen at his latest show, “Frank Bowling, O.B. E., RA, at Eighty,” at Spanierman Modern (run extended through June 12). (more…)


April 15, 2013

Tags: Stanley Boxer, Frank Bowling, Susan Roth

Susan Roth (b. 1950). Sun Kissed, 1983. Acrylic on handmade paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of David Mirvish. Photo courtesy of Freedman Art.
Not all the Manhattan gallery shows worthy of discussion are in Chelsea, SoHo or the Lower East Side. There are still hardy survivors in midtown and on the Upper East Side, and four exhibitions in particular have provided enjoyment for me as winter—at long last—is giving way to spring. Three of them (more…)

2 Sculptors, 5 Painters

September 27, 2012

Tags: William Tucker, David Evison, Gerhard Richter, Frank Bowling, Stanley Boxer, Dan Christensen, Joyce Weinstein

David Evison. M-2. 2010. Steel and copper, 40 in. high. Courtesy Galleri Heike Arndt

One of the most enjoyable shows on view in Manhattan at the moment is “William Tucker: Present and Past” at McKee (through October 13). The literature from the gallery emphasizes “Day” (2012), an 8-foot high, semi-abstract, terracotta-colored plaster horse’s head (destined, the artist hopes, to be cast in bronze). Pictured on the (more…)


August 16, 2012

Tags: Agostino Brunias, Frank Bowling, Jacob Lawrence, John James Audubon, Pissarro, Oscar Leone Moyano, Jeanette Ehlers, Eugenio Merino, Laura Anderson Barbata, Carlos Endara Andrada

Agostino Brunias (Italy ca. 1730--Dominica 1796). Pacification with the maroon negroes in the island of Jamaica. Oil on canvas, 22 x 24 inches. Private Collection.
What Holland Cotter of the New York Times calls “the big event of the summer season in New York” is really three events in one. Its collective title is “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” but it is three separate exhibitions, being held simultaneously at El Museo del Barrio (through (more…)


April 13, 2012

Tags: Frank Bowling, Arthur B. Davies, Willard Boepple

Willard Boepple at Lori Bookstein. Courtesy of the artist & Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York. Photo: Etienne Frossard.
Two galleries opened 3 shows worthy of note on March 29. I’m sorry that I didn’t get around to reviewing them earlier, but I’ve been troubling my pretty little head over the many comments that David Cohen got for his negative review in of the Jack Bush show at Freedman Art. My positive review (more…)


October 31, 2011

Tags: Frank Bowling

“Frank Bowling,” by Mel Gooding, is a beautiful book. Published this past spring by The Royal Academy and distributed in the US and Canada by Harry N. Abrams, it has a powerful tale to tell, and tells it well. The narrative takes us from the artist’s turbulent childhood in (more…)


September 26, 2010

Tags: Frank Bowling, Joyce Weinstein, Richard Timperio, Terrence Keller, William Perehudoff, John McLean

This has been a social month for me, so I'll cover it in an appropriately chatty manner. Feature attractions are the shows by Frank Bowling, whom I haven’t dealt with at length since 2006, and Joyce Weinstein, whose work I’ve reviewed twice within the last two years. I’ll also mention four upcoming Canadian shows. (more…)