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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."

 

PERSONALITY V. TALENT (CHAPTER TWO)

Andy Warhol (1928–1987), Self-Portrait, 1964. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago; gift of Edlis/Neeson Collection, 2015.126 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York.
My second example of the triumph of personality as opposed to the gift for making great paintings is holding forth with appropriate fanfare at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It is “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again,” and it is billed as the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since the one at MoMA in 1989. It will be playing at the Whitney through March 31, 1919; then at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 18 through September 2, 1919, and the Art Institute of Chicago, October 20, 1919 through January 26, 2020. But you really should have seen the media preview in New York. That was a show in itself! Read More 
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SOCIAL NOTES, CONT'D.: LUNCH W. ANDY AT THE MET

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1957). Big Campbell's Soup Can, 19¢ (Beef Noodle). 1962. Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 72 x 54 1/2 in. (182.9 x 158.4 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. (c) 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
The media preview for “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was mobbed—old, young, male, female, flash bulbs popping, cameras rolling (or whatever video cameras do). But the real news was the lunch after the preview, hosted by  Read More 
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COMING ATTRACTIONS

Detail of "Kalila and Dimna," in Arabic. Syria? 1354. Bodleian Librarires. University of Oxford, MS. Pococke 400, fol. 75b.

In June, I was up in Connecticut, and had a delicious scone with Stacie Weiner, friend & subscriber to the print edition of FMD. She asked what big shows would be coming to New York in the autumn, so here is the beginning of a list. It’s primarily of museums, as they announce their plans earlier and in more detail, but at the end are four galleries  Read More 
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TWO EXTREMES; THREE OTHER PRETTY SHOWS

Sumer is icumen in, lhude sing cuccu! It’s time for summer group shows, and two Chelsea ones have recently grabbed my interest --- one because of the largest piece in it, the other because of very nearly the smallest.  Read More 
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