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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."

 

CIVIL WAR AT THE MET (Part One)

Conrad Wise Chapman. The Flag of Sumter,October 20, 1863. 1863-64. Oil on board, 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches. Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond , VA, 0985.14.371. Photography by Alan Thompson.
Over those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, when all most of us really want to do is sit in the shade and drink a cool drink, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is treating us to not one but two big, ambitious doses of blood and guts--two major loan shows dealing with the Civil War. Read More 
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SUMMER SIZZLER: GROUPS & SOLOS

KENNETH NOLAND. Time Lift, 1966. Acrylic on canvas (can hang both ways). 96 x 24 inches. Courtesy of Loretta Howard Gallery
As temperatures rose, I remembered that summer is a season for group shows, so I made a point of getting to some exhibitions featuring more than one artist. First was “New Paintings: Dana Gordon, John Mendelsohn” at Sideshow in Williamsburg (closed May 10). Both Gordon & Mendelsohn are mid-career abstractionists making  Read More 
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EARLY MODS IN MONTCLAIR

Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938). Paterson Mills, ca. 1911. Colored pencil and ink on paper. Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection, Stetson University , DeLand, Florida
The Montclair Art Museum is an easy commute. The De Camp Bus lines’ #33 route from Port Authority decants you on the doorstep of the museum in only 40 minutes or so, and the museum has long had a reputation for exhibitions that match the ambition – if not the scale – of Manhattan’ s museums. A year or so ago, I vastly enjoyed its presentation of “Cézanne in America,” and this time, I looked forward to seeing two new shows: “The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913” and “Oscar Bluemner’s America: Picturing Paterson, New Jersey” (both, alas, closed June 16). Read More 
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