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."

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AT THE MET

December 30, 2012

Tags: George Bellows

George Bellows (American, Columbus, Ohio 1882-1925 New York, New York). Pennsylvania Excavation, 1907. Oil on canvas, 33 7/8 x 44 in. (86 x 111.8 cm). Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Gift of Mary Gordon Roberts, Class of 1960, in honor of her 50th reunion.
Just when I get so irked by how The Metropolitan Museum of Art is attempting to modernize – or rather, post-modernize—itself that I feel like throwing something at it, along comes the holiday season. Up goes that stupendous 20-foot blue spruce in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, with its collection of 18th century Neapolitan angels (more…)

COMING ATTRACTIONS

September 1, 2012

Tags: Andy Warhol, Bernini, George Bellows, Matisse, Picasso, Alina Szap0cznikov, 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…)