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."


April 11, 2018

Tags: Friedel Dzubas

FRIEDEL DZUBAS, "Northdrift", 1959. Oil on canvas, 19 x 38 inches. 'Friedel Dzubas' (lower left); signed, titled and inscribed 'DZUBAS /"NORTHDRIFT." Courtesy of Loretta Howard Gallery.
The current show at Loretta Howard is “Friedel Dzubas: Gestural Abstraction” (through April 21). It reminds me of an important article written by Clement Greenberg in 1947. Called “The Present Prospects of American Painting and Sculpture,” this article appeared in the British magazine Horizon. (more…)


May 13, 2017

Tags: Catherine Perehudoff, Friedel Dzubas, Larry Zox

Larry Zox (1937-2006), Cordova Diamond Drill, 1967. Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 48 inches. Courtesy Berry Campbell.
There are so many lively shows around that some go by even before I can write about them—case in point being ”Catherine Perehudoff: Paintings” at Artifact (closed April 23). But a couple of other goodies remain open for your viewing pleasure: “Friedel Dzubas: Sketches” at Leslie Feely Fine Art (through June 30) and “Larry Zox” at Berry Campbell (through May 26). (more…)


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…)


March 24, 2016

Tags: Friedel Dzubas

Friedel Dzubas, (Apocalypsis Cum Figuras, A. D. 1975), Crossing, 1975. Magna acrylic on primed (gesso) cotton duck canvas, No. 10, 149 x 675 inches (375 x 1714.5 cm). Photo courtesy Bill Fertik.
Tower 49, that jolly lobby gallery located in a sleek and shiny Skidmore, Owings & Merrill building at 12 East 49th Street, has come up with another winning exhibition. This one is “Big Redux: Friedel Dzubas “Mural Paintings,” curated by our newest Dzubas expert, Patricia Lewy, and starring her truly great rediscovery, the nearly 60-foot long mural commissioned in 1975 by Lewis P. Cabot for the Shawmut National Bank in Boston, but hidden away in storage since 1991. (more…)


July 4, 2015

Tags: Simon Hantaï, Tegene Kunbi, Friedel Dzubas

Tegene Kunbi, Danjerus Cable, 2015. Oil on canvas, 39 x 19 inches (100 x 50 cm). Image courtesy of Thatcher Projects, New York
We've had so many good abstract shows this spring that I must double up on some of them in order to catch at least a few before they close. Here I introduce those of Simon Hantaï at Mnuchin (closed June 26) and Tegene Kunbi at Margaret Thatcher Projects (up through July 17). To say nothing of some links well worth pursuing.



April 26, 2015

Tags: Friedel Dzubas

Friedel Dzubas, Chenango, 1973. Acrylic (Magna) on canvas, 46 x 172 inches. Courtesy Loretta Howard Gallery.
Sometimes an artist is too big for one gallery. Take Friedel Dzubas, currently featured at Loretta Howard in Chelsea and Elkon on the Upper East Side. Each exhibition offers a different aspect of Dzubas—and both fit right into their neighborhoods.

In a nutshell, Chelsea values process, while the Upper East Side digs serenity. Dzubas, though he died in 1994, was – and remains – able to excel in both. (more…)


December 16, 2013

Tags: Friedel Dzubas, Kenneth Noland

Kenneth NOLAND. No End. 1961. Acrylic on canvas, 55.25 x 55.25 inches.
David Evison, the British sculptor, was passing through town last week, and the two of us went sightseeing. Among the sights we saw was a perfectly delightful exhibition at Leslie Feely, entitled “Major Formats: Frankenthaler, Noland, Olitski, Christensen, Poons & Dzubas” (on view through January 11, though the gallery will be closed on December 24, 25 & 31, also January 1, 2014).



May 6, 2013

Tags: Perle Fine, Friedel Dzubas, Larry Poons, James Walsh

James Walsh. Clicks, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 35 3/4 x 25 5/8 inches. Courtesy Spanierman Modern
Spanierman LLC and its sister gallery, Spanierman Modern, are (through June 8) displaying three exhibitions of abstract painting that might be said to constitute one show of three generations. The first show celebrates Perle Fine, an artist associated with the first generation of abstract expressionists; they mostly came to their (more…)


December 5, 2011

Tags: Friedel Dzubas

Friedel Dzubas. Red Marina (sketch). 1972, Magna acrylic, 10 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches.
Currently at Loretta Howard are two shows: “Arrested Motion: Friedel Dzubas 1961-1971," and "Roberto Caracciolo: Seeing Red, A Decade of Work," (both here through December 23). The Caracciolo (on the upper level of the gallery) didn't prompt me to write about it. The Dzubas show, on the other hand, (more…)


April 5, 2010

Tags: Kyle Staver, Milton Avery, Friedel Dzubas

As you can see, gentle readers, From the Mayor’s Doorstep is now a blog, with sporadic entries and (one hopes) some feedback from my readers. At the moment, life is rich and full for me, so I don’t know when my next entry will be, but at the moment, I have four shows to report upon. (more…)