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."

FRIDAY AT THE WHITNEY W. THEODOROS

August 24, 2012

Tags: Yayoi Kusama, Sharon Hayes, Stamos, Baziotes, Gottlieb, David Smith, Rothko, Motherwell, Lee Krasner

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997). Ancestral Worship, 1947. 48.9 (c) Estate of Theodoros Stamos.
A reproduction of “The Beach” (1955), by William Baziotes, one of the original but lesser-known first generation abstract expressionists, accompanied a review in the July 27 NY Times by Ken Johnson of “Signs & Symbols” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Though the review didn’t send me up the wall with delight, it made me want (more…)

TWO FOR THE SEESAW

June 26, 2010

Tags: Helen Frankenthaler, Stamos, Greenberg

Given her present eminence, it’s easy to forget that Helen Frankenthaler was only 23 in 1952 when she painted that landmark picture, "Mountain and Sea." At the time, she was still within the orbit of Clement Greenberg. Yet within three years, (more…)