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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."

 

MANNA FOR ANGLOPHILES

Frederic Leighton, Flaming June, ca. 1895. Oil on canvas, 46 7/8 x 46 7/8 inches. Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc.
Being a passionate Anglophile, I’m delighted by two of this summer’s shows. They are “The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760-1860,” at the Yale University Art Gallery (with 300 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and medallions, through July 26), and “Flaming June,” at The Frick Collection (just one painting—but what a one!—through September 6). Read More 
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SMOLDERING, CHEKHOVIAN, + A LINK TO LINK

Philip Gerstein, Ysabel's Table Dance (composite alternative take), 2007-2012. Oil stick & acrylic on canvas, 54 x 63 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Again racing against the clock, I present two more shows by abstract painters I’ve seen and admired: “James Little: Color/Barriers, Recent Work” at June Kelly in SoHo (closed June 23) and “Being There: Abstract Paintings of Philip Gerstein” at André Zarre in Chelsea (through July 29). Plus a link to a lively article by John LinkRead More 
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THE NEW, NEW WHITNEY--THE HOT HOT NEWS OF THE SEASON (WITH A CODA ON THE MISHKIN)

Whitney Museum of American Art. View from Gansevoort Street. Photographed by Ed Lederman, 2015.
Everybody asks me, “Have you seen the new Whitney?” Well, yes, I have – along with about 2/3 of New York. The reason everybody asks, I suspect, is so that they can say they’ve seen it, too. The brand-new home of The Whitney Museum of American Art, in Lower Manhattan, must be the most popular and fashionable spot to visit this season. Read More 
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WRINKLES, STRIPES & LINKS

Tegene Kunbi, Danjerus Cable, 2015. Oil on canvas, 39 x 19 inches (100 x 50 cm). Image courtesy of Thatcher Projects, New York
We've had so many good abstract shows this spring that I must double up on some of them in order to catch at least a few before they close. Here I introduce those of Simon Hantaï at Mnuchin (closed June 26) and Tegene Kunbi at Margaret Thatcher Projects (up through July 17). To say nothing of some links well worth pursuing.

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