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 GARLAND OF ABSTRACTS

December 6, 2017

Tags: Darcy Gerbarg, Jacqueline Humphries, Louise P. Sloane, Theodoros Stamos, Lee Krasner, Kenneth Noland

Kenneth Noland, Fete, 1959. Oil on canvas, 69 x 68.5 inche. Courtesy Yares Art.
The moment all the big spenders depart for Miami-Basel, New York galleries seem to blossom forth with abstracts. Or anyway, that’s how it was two years ago, and how it is again in 2017. So I have six shows to report on, three by juniors and three by seniors. The juniors are “Darcy Gerbarg” at Real + Art Chelsea (closed December 5); “Jacqueline Humphries” at Greene Naftali (through December 16); and “Louise P. Sloane: Selected Paintings 1977-2017” at Sideshow (through December 17). The seniors are “Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)” at ACA (through December 23); Lee Krasner: The Umber Paintings, 1959-1962” at Paul Kasmin (through January 13); and Kenneth Noland: Circles, Early and Late” at Yares Art (through December 30). (more…)

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…)

NOODLING AROUND THE NEXUS

June 21, 2015

Tags: Donatello, Jack White, Jilaine Jones, Louise P. Sloane, Richard Timperio

Richard Timperio, Dancer, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 39.5 x 33.5 inches. Courtesy the artist.
All the art fairs have been the nexus of the art scene in Manhattan this spring, but obviously hundreds of other viewing spaces have been showing their prides and joys as well. Four whom I’m going to highlight (alas, belatedly) in paragraphs below are 1) Jack White at Peg Alston (closed May 16); 2) “The Space Between” at the New York Studio School (closed March 22); 3) “Once Upon a Time and Now,” at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (officially closed April 6, though its permanent works remain on view) and 4) Louise P. Sloane & Richard Timperio at André Zarre (closed May 9). (more…)

"HOTTER THAN 'ELL"

November 6, 2011

Tags: Louise P. Sloane, Randy Bloom

Richard Timperio, proprietor of Sideshow, has really thrown me a curve ball with his current exhibition, which is entitled “Louise & Randy: (Hotter Than ‘Ell’)” (through November 13). I’m sure he didn’t realize he was doing this, but in pairing together the paintings of Louise P. Sloane and Randy Bloom, he has set me (more…)

LOUISE P. SLOANE: MEMORABLY HANDSOME

November 6, 2011

Tags: Louise P. Sloane

Louise P. Sloane. The Mighty Quins. 2011. Acrylic on wood, 80 x 72 inches.
Louise P. Sloane is a geometric abstractionist. In the catalogue essay to her current exhibition at Sideshow, Lily Wei suggests that the artist was influenced by Josef Albers, “Color Field painting and the geometric abstractionists of the 70s.” Actually, “color field” is a term that gets tossed around rather loosely these days, and (more…)