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."

MAX HOLLEIN & THOMAS COLE AT THE MET: COMMENT & REALITY

April 25, 2018

Tags: Thomas Cole, Turner, Constable

Thomas Cole (American [born England], Lancashire 1801–1848 Catskill, New York). The Course of the Empire: The Consummation of Empire, 1835–36. Oil on canvas, 51 1/4 x 76 in. (130.2 x 193 cm). New-York Historical Society, Gift of The New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts (1858.3). Digital image created by Oppenheimer Editions.
There’s no doubt that the New York Times devotes generous attention to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But this can lead to some very bum steers. Not only was I dismayed by the paper’s recent article on Max Hollein, the museum’s new director, but its review of the museum’s highly sophisticated and thoroughly delightful exhibition of “Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings” actually discouraged me from attending it until far too late in its run. Hence I can only belatedly encourage my readers to beat feet to this show before it closes on May 13 (or see it at the National Gallery in London, where it will appear from June 11 to October 7). (more…)

SOCIAL NOTES: 4TH AND LAST INSTALLMENT

November 12, 2012

Tags: Thomas Cole, Picasso

Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman: Right Profile (Marie-Thérèse) Tête de femme. profil droit [Marie-Thérèse}. Boisgeloup, July 19, 1934. Oil and charcoal on canvas, 64.8 x 49.5 cm. Collection of Aaron I. Fleischman. (c) 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York. Photo: Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
As the fourth (& last) installment of my social notes from all over, I give you the two last media previews that I attended during that first star-studded week in October.

WEDNESDAY: THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

As I said before, I didn’t know about the media preview for “WWII & NYC” at The New York Historical Society (more…)