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."

ARMORY SHOW THOUGHTFULLY REVISITED

November 18, 2013

Tags: Arthur B. Davies, Walt Kuhn, Walter Pach, Elmer McCrae, Matisse

Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), Blue Nude, 1907. Oil on canvas, 36 ¼ x 55 ¼ in. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.228. © 2013 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Mitro Hood.
Nobody could recreate the 1913 Armory Show as it originally existed, with approximately 1300 works of art by over 300 European and American artists. Two museums have recently tried to stage an evocation of it, in honor of its centenary, and although I liked the first show a lot, I like the second even better.

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10 Reviews & 1 Advisory

March 26, 2013

Tags: Jim Dine, Thomas Nozkowski, Amalia Piccinini, Ronnie Landfield, Charles Hinman, Peter Reginato, Walt Kuhn, Marina Adams, Walter Robinson, Franz Kline, Fran Kornfeld, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thornton Willis

In the following post, I will offer reviews of ten (count them, 10) gallery exhibitions, around about Manhattan & in Williamsburg. I also offer a briefer advisory about “Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959,” at Gagosian on 21st Street (through April 13). I don’t yet know what I’ll say about (more…)