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."

JOHN HOYLAND: STUNNING VISITOR

October 4, 2017

Tags: John Hoyland

John Hoyland, "3.12.65," 1965. Acrylic on canvas, 88”x 154” (223.5 cm x 391.2 cm). No. 62228. © The John Hoyland Estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photograph by Colin Mills, courtesy of Pace Gallery.
At Pace on 57th Street is “John Hoyland: Stain Paintings, 1964-66” (through October 21). This is a stunning, brilliantly-colored show of seven mostly-monumental abstract acrylics by a British painter who died in 2011 at the age of 76, and who hasn’t had a solo exhibition in Manhattan since 1992. (more…)

L’ANGLETERRE, I LOVE YOU

February 2, 2017

Tags: Gina Medcalf, Charles Hewlings, John McLean, Damien Hirst, John Hoyland, Jules Olitski, Bruce McLean, Virginia Jaramillo, Frank Bowling, Kevin Sinnott

Thanks to a deeply-discounted plane ticket that I was fortunate enough to obtain, I recently spent a blissful week in what (at this moment) may be my favorite country, England. As I had only three days in London, one in Oxford and one in Worcestershire, I planned my stay in advance detail comparable to limning angels on a pin’s head. To my delight, nearly everything went off like clockwork. (more…)