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."

A CRITIC'S FANTASY...

February 1, 2016

Tags: Marcia Scott, James Walsh, Stephanie Franks, Louise P. Sloane, April Hammock, Yvonne Thomas, Nikki Geula, Francine Tint, Kiyomi Baird, Joan Miller, William Beier

William Beier. White Nights (Homage to Hokusai), 2009-2013. UV Ink on canvas, 56 × 72 in (142.2 × 182.9 cm). Courtesy Walter Wickiser Gallery.
Every critic has a secret fantasy…..mine, last week, was that I could extract the few quite nice to very nice paintings that I saw while making the rounds in Chelsea from the context of the shows in which they appeared – in other words, I was fantasizing a gallery of my own…. (more…)

....AND PASSION

June 22, 2014

Tags: James Walsh

James Walsh. The Distance, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 34" x 26" Courtesy Berry Campbell.
The other show at Berry Campbell is very different (even if coloristically it harmonizes nicely with Vecsey’s work). This show is paintings by James Walsh.

Walsh belongs to a generation born nearly 20 years before Vecsey (in 1954), but he is still a generation younger than (more…)

THREE GENERATIONS AT SPANIERMAN

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…)

GALLERY MEDLEY

February 2, 2012

Tags: Ellen Emmet Rand, David Goerk, James Walsh

James Walsh. Trill. 2009. Acrylic on panel, 11 1/8 x 10 in. Collection of Spanierman Gallery.
Noodling around the galleries, I’ve picked up five situations worth mention. I say “situations” rather than “exhibitions” because in some cases, it was only the work of a single artist that stood out in a group show. Such was the case with Francine Tint, whose acrylic on canvas, “Cybelle 11”, was the (more…)