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."


May 25, 2017

Tags: Dana Gordon, William Gropper, Fran Kornfeld, Willard Boepple, Eleanor Steinadler, Hofmann, Miró

Joan Miró, "Femmes au bord du lac à la surface irisée par le passage d’un cygne (Women at the Edge of the Lake Made Iridescent by the Passage of a Swan)," Palma de Mallorca, May 14, 1941. Gouache and oil wash on paper, 18 1/8 x 15 inches (46 x 38 cm). Private Collection. © 2017 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
I suffer from anti-snob snobbery. I fight it as some shows & venues have good art despite being chic. Brooklyn additionally irks me because our mayor, Bill de Blasio, boasts of being a Brooklynite and wouldn’t move into Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s elegant official residence in Manhattan, for donkey’s years. Here, however, I will report on five Brooklyn shows and two in Manhattan. What do they prove? We shall see. (more…)


February 25, 2017

Tags: Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland, Eric Girault, Willard Boepple

Willard Boeopple exhibition at FXFowle Architects (photo courtesy the artist)
If you don’t insist on obsessing about the newest fads in Chelsea, two recent and two current shows elsewhere in Manhattan are more worthy of your attention. They are (or were) "Currently on View," at Leslie Feely on East 68th Street (closed February 21); “Kenneth Noland: Into the Cool,” at Pace (& Pace Prints) on East 57th Street (through March 4); “Eric Giraud: Le Rêve Aux Couleur Resilientes” at Wilmer Jennings on East Second Street (closed February 25), and “Willard Boepple Prints: 2 + 3D” at FXFowle Architects on West 19th Street (through March 31). (more…)


September 19, 2015

Tags: Willard Boepple, Isaac Witkin, James Wolfe

Isaac Witkin, Shogun, 1968. Bolted steel, 72 x 144 x 144 inches (182.9 x 365.8 x 365.8 cm.) Courtesy Nadine Witkin. Alison Sheehy Photography.
Most art in building lobbies is by unknowns & forgettable. A notable exception is Tower 49, at 12 East 49th Street: it shows gallery- and even museum-quality art. Just now it's exhibiting “The Bennington Legacy: Sculpture by Willard Boepple, Isaac Witkin, and James Wolfe” (through October 29). (more…)


December 8, 2014

Tags: Théodore Rousseau, Willard Boepple

Willard Boepple, "Bed," 2014. Wood, 64 x 92 x 45 inches. Photo: Étienne Frossard. Courtesy Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York.
Over on the east side of town, we have The Morgan Library and Museum, to which I was drawn by “The Untamed Landscape: Théodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon” (through January 18, 2015).

As anybody who has had to read up for orals in 19th century European painting knows, Rousseau, (more…)


April 13, 2012

Tags: Frank Bowling, Arthur B. Davies, Willard Boepple

Willard Boepple at Lori Bookstein. Courtesy of the artist & Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York. Photo: Etienne Frossard.
Two galleries opened 3 shows worthy of note on March 29. I’m sorry that I didn’t get around to reviewing them earlier, but I’ve been troubling my pretty little head over the many comments that David Cohen got for his negative review in of the Jack Bush show at Freedman Art. My positive review (more…)


November 29, 2011

Tags: David Evison, Willard Boepple, John McLean, William Perehudoff, Tim Scott

Tim Scott. Woodwind I. 2011. Plywood, H. 90 cm. Image (c)Tim Scott 2011
David Evison, the sculptor, normally lives in Berlin. At the moment, he has a teaching gig in China. Recently, he paused in London to take in an important exhibition there. Below is his report:

"Color and Substance" was the title of an exhibition at Poussin Gallery, Bermondsey St. (more…)


April 20, 2010

Tags: Rothko, Irene Neal, Willard Boepple, Fran Kornfeld, Cartier-Bresson

The Museum of Modern Art has finally found a show that is both drawing mobs and landing it on Page One of the New York Times. Who among our edgy younger curators could ask for anything more? This show demands nothing but prurient curiosity from viewers, plus the willingness to pretend that this is a serious, highbrow presentation instead of a peep show for people who like to say they went to a museum but don’t really like painting or sculpture. (more…)