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."


August 9, 2013

Tags: Jay DeFeo, Nicolas de Staël

Nicolas de Staël, "Collines-à-Agrigente." 1954. Oil on canvas, 38" x 28 1/2" (60 x 81 cm). Photo Courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.
On Upper Madison Avenue this past spring were two exhibitions by artists who, I’d been given to understand by persons whose taste I often share, should be of more than ordinary interest. Both artists practiced what is known as peinture matière (or Matter Painting). (more…)