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."


October 31, 2015

Tags: Randy Bloom

Randy Bloom, "Why? Why? Why?" 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 79 x 67 inches. Photo Courtesy the Artist.
In her exhibition titles, Randy Bloom uses language as contemporary as today’s news. Her exhibition at André Zarre is “Don’t Shoot: All Lives Matter” (through November 14). But her work combines a technique that goes back to Cro-Magnon times with imagery that continually evolves—it’s never been the same for long, nor is the end in sight. (more…)


February 5, 2013

Tags: Heide Hatry, Randy Bloom, Louise P. Sloane, Forrest Myers, Ann Walsh

"Sideshow Nation" (works by Bornstein & Krynski in the foreground).
So, it is with us once again – the greatest little show in town, the annual extravaganza at Sideshow in Williamsburg (closes March 3). This year, it’s called “Sideshow Nation.” The title was suggested by Nancy Haynes, one of the 476 artists listed on its incredible checklist, because, according to Sideshow’s mastermind, Richard Timperio, she sees the show as a country or a tribe of creativity “that has reached the status of an all-inclusive nation.” Another artist in the show, (more…)


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…)


November 6, 2011

Tags: Randy Bloom

Randy Bloom. Big Fun. 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 71.5 x 68 inches.
Randy Bloom is a free spirit. In the years that I’ve known her, she’s traveled far and wide, exhibiting in Tokyo, painting in South Africa, hobnobbing with friends in Turkey, and exhibiting in unconventional venues in the New York area (not least among her accomplishments, selling dozens of pictures to a (more…)


March 18, 2011

Tags: Edward Avedisian, Randy Bloom, David Crum, Clark Murray, William Tillyer, Jason Martin, Helen Frankenthaler, Motherwell

Since I last posted an entry in this column, a lot has been going on, both on the national scene, in the international sphere, and (for that matter) a certain amount in the world of art. But I too have also been awfully busy (more…)

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2010

Tags: Melvin Edwards, Kim Uchiyama, Randy Bloom

In the latter part of October, I did get to 8 galleries in Chelsea and one in SoHo, but I've already been so verbose this month that I'll try and be a bit terser now. At Alexander Gray, I took in “Melvin Edwards: Sculptures 1964-2010" (closed October 16). Edwards is a poet (more…)