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."

HEDONISM TRIUMPHANT: JILL NATHANSON AT BERRY CAMPBELL

June 4, 2015

Tags: Jill Nathanson

Jill Nathanson, Influence Green, 2014. Acrylic and polymers on panel, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy Berry Campbell, New York
Just as the death of Broadway has been predicted since movies first talked, so too reports of the death of painting have been greatly exaggerated. Not least its survival is due to artists like Jill Nathanson, whose current show at Berry Campbell combines traditional approaches with new technologies to create paintings that could only have been made in the 21st century. (more…)

CHRISTMAS BONUSES

December 10, 2012

Tags: Dan Christensen, Pollock, Jill Nathanson, Francine Tint

Dan Christensen (1942-2007). Sarajevo, 1969. Acrylic on canvas, 83 x 53 inches. Courtesy Spanierman Modern, New York
For hardy souls who can face the rigors of mid-town Manhattan, I recommend two shows within two blocks of each other: “Dan Christensen: The Early Sprays, 1967-1969,” at Spanierman Modern, on East 58th Street, and “Jackson Pollock: A Centennial Exhibition,” at Jason McCoy, in the Fuller Building. But (more…)

FILLING IN SOME BLANKS

May 28, 2012

Tags: Motherwell, Ed Cohen, William Tillyer, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Robert Goodnough, James Little, Jill Nathanson, de Kooning, Esteban Vicente

"Nostalgia (For a While It Was Good to Have Been the Word 'Man')". Poem by Peter Viereck. Etchings by Esteban Vicente. Courtesy Woodward Gallery.
Over the winter, I also got around to a handful of gallery shows that I'd been notified about, and found something -- though not necessarily an awful lot ---to recommend them. One was the relatively new gallery of Bernard Jacobson, the Brit who also has a London gallery. So far, its New York outpost has concerned itself largely with British artists who don’t do an awful lot for me, but this winter’s group show, “Discursive Abstraction” (closed February 25) had several pieces which, (more…)

THE ART SCENE AS MARKET

April 25, 2011

Tags: Kenneth Noland, Anthony Caro, Jill Nathanson, Miljan Suknovic

Miljan Suknovic, Diptych. 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 72" x 115".
Earlier this spring, I pulled a groin muscle, so I’ve schlepped to Chelsea only occasionally recently, nor have I gotten to those Lower East Side venues that the Times now touts as the hangouts of the new. Maybe I’m only making excuses, but one big reason (more…)

2 STARS, 1 ARTIST OF DUAL AMBITION

November 17, 2010

Tags: Anthony Caro, Larry Poons, Jill Nathanson

At Mitchell-Innes & Nash in Chelsea, one may see “Anthony Caro: Upright Sculptures” (through December 11). If you have never seen a Caro exhibition, this is well worth a visit, but (more…)