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."

DUBUFFET & POONS AT LORETTA HOWARD: A MATTER OF MATTER

January 14, 2017

Tags: Jean Dubuffet, Larry Poons

"Jean Dubuffet & Larry Poons: Material Topographies" at Loretta Howard. Photo by John Small, courtesy Loretta Howard Gallery.
Two great exponents of what the French call “matter painting” are currently holding forth in Chelsea. The show is “Jean Dubuffet & Larry Poons: Material Topographies” and it’s at Loretta Howard (through February 18). This show is great fun. (more…)

EYE-CATCHING NEW SHOW PLACE: YARES ART ARRIVES

November 19, 2016

Tags: Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, Jules Olitski

Larry Poons, English Fields, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 87 inches. Courtesy Yares Art
I’ve long admired the booths of Yares Art Projects of Santa Fe at The Art Show in the Park Avenue Armory, so when I received the announcement for a new gallery entitled Yares Art at 745 Fifth Avenue I beat feet to get there on opening night. The inaugural show was elegantly installed in a spacious portion of the former quarters of McKee, and titled “Helen Frankenthaler + L, M, N, O, P—Louis, Motherwell, Noland, Olitski, Poons.” Its emphasis is on color-field paintings from the 1950s and the 1960s, though with some later work, and on the whole, it is a knockout (through January 15). (more…)

THE GRAVITY OF A VOLCANO: POONS AT LORETTA HOWARD

January 9, 2016

Tags: Larry Poons

Larry Poons, Loose Change, 1977. Acrylic on canvas, 94 x 43 1/2 inches. Courtesy Loretta Howard Gallery.
Entering Loretta Howard just now is like walking into the middle of Niagara Falls, or being confronted by the descending lava of a volcano—all as frozen for eternity by a modernist photographer like Brassaï, whose studies of Picasso’s sculpture from the 1930s and 40s currently grace the Picasso sculpture show at MoMA. (more…)

PROLIFIC POONS AT DANESE/COREY

May 16, 2015

Tags: Larry Poons

Larry Poons. Angle of Landscape, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 64 5/8 x 97 3/4 inches. Courtesy Danese/Corey.
It is truly amazing, how fertile is the invention of Larry Poons, still going strong at 77. Even more amazing is how successful are so many of the works in “Larry Poons: New Paintings” at Danese/Corey (through May 29).

Abstract expressionism, Monet lily pads and steamy (more…)

CATCHING UP

February 8, 2014

Tags: David Smith, Hofmann, Larry Poons, Ed Clark

Ed Clark, "Untitled," 2004. Acrylic on canvas, 77 x 51 1/4 inches. EC 110. Photo Courtesy the Artist and Tilton Gallery, NY.
Having been busy with domestic activities, I’ve let 4 worthy shows go until they were over, or nearly over. Now I must catch up. The 4 I’ll discuss are “David Smith: The Forgings” at Gagosian (Madison Avenue) (closed January 11); “Hans Hofmann” at Ameringer McEnery Yohe (closed January 25); “Larry Poons: New Paintings” at Danese Corey (closing February 8) and “Ed Clark: Big Bang” at Jack Tilton, now at 8 East 76th Street (through February 22). (more…)

AND THE BEAT GOES ON

November 11, 2013

Tags: Larry Poons, Paul Feeley, Larry Zox, William Perehudoff, Brancusi

William Perehudoff (1918-2013) AC-87-023, 1987 Acrylic on canvas 55 x 114 inches Courtesy BERRY CAMPBELL, New York
Chelsea is still a place where younger artists & audience go to see and be seen, but it is also getting to be awfully chic. It never really was a low-end platform, even when it first took over the leadership of the downtown art scene from SoHo, but now this is more evident than ever, (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…)

CLASS ACT: POONS

February 25, 2013

Tags: Larry Poons

The class act in Chelsea is "Larry Poons: New Paintings" at Loretta Howard/Danese (through March 2). The show is at Loretta Howard’s gallery, but its upstairs level is now turned over to Danese. It makes perfect sense for this combined gallery to lead off its new existence with a show by Poons, (more…)

LOTS OF FORGET-ME-NOTS

March 24, 2011

Tags: Larry Poons, Pollock, Steve Cannon

Recent shows by a couple of painters bring the pleasure back into gallery-going. Neither of the artists are young, but they made me feel so. I was sorry not to get to the opening (on March 12) of “Larry Poons,” a double cornucopia of paintings at Danese and Lori Bookstein, but (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…)

History's Mysteries & Contemporary Soupçons

May 30, 2010

Tags: Monet, Peter Reginato, Dee Shapiro, Anne Truitt, Robert and Ethel Scull, Jasper Johns, Greenberg, Larry Poons, Sheila Luck, Mitchel Smith, Helen Frankenthaler, Craig Barnes, George Hofmann, Michael L. Williams, Franklin Einspruch

Down in the bowels of West 21st Street, Larry Gagosian, who is to Chelsea what P. T. Barnum was to circuses, has mounted what he obviously hopes will be the same kind of historical blockbuster that his big late Picasso show was last season. “Claude Monet: Late Work,” curated by Paul Hayes Tucker, (more…)