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Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 2-4 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."



Kikuo Saito, Big O, 2010. Oil on canvas, 16.5 x 14 inches.  Image courtesy of the artist's estate and Bookstein Projects, New York.



What, after all, is – or was – "Lyrical Abstraction?"  You wouldn't believe what a web of confusion Wikipedia manages to weave around the term!  But that shouldn't inhibit you, gentle reader, from going to --- and enjoying – a highly diverting show of 13 pocket-sized works entitled "Lyrical Abstraction: Small Scale" at Bookstein Projects, at 60 East 66th Street on the Upper East Side (through April 13). Read More 

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Dan Christensen, Laredo, 2001. Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 inches. Courtesy Berry Campbell.
Sorry, folks, I am still behind schedule, so two of the four shows I took in during a recent visit to Chelsea have already gone down, and the other two will go down this coming weekend. However, as a group they offer insights into the range of what’s offered in Chelsea – which (to borrow a title from an old movie about porn & politics) encompasses everything from the good (at Paul Kasmin & The Painting Center) to the bad (at Gagosian) to the beautiful (at Berry Campbell).  Read More 
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Dan Christensen at Leslie Feely. Courtesy Leslie Feely.
Items 4 through 11: conventional venues—in Chelsea: 4) Fred Stonehouse at Howard Scott; 5) Martha Armstrong at Bowery; 6) William Christine at Prince Street; 7) Janie Paul at Blue Mountain; 8) Frank Stella at Paul Kasmin (293 Tenth); 9) Tai Xiangzhou at Paul Kasmin (297 Tenth); 10) Dan Christensen at Berry Campbell; finally (eek! How unfashionable!) on the Upper East Side,11) Dan Christensen (and others) at Leslie FeelyRead More 
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Spring may be late this year, but indoors in Manhattan, modernism is blossoming. Besides the recent shows of Poons and Bannard, we now have those of Helen Frankenthaler, Dan Christensen, & Kenneth Noland. The show of Jules Olitski at Paul Kasmin piggy-backs on another Kasmin show, so I’ll discuss it in a separate posting.  Read More 
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Dan Christensen (1942-2007). Sarajevo, 1969. Acrylic on canvas, 83 x 53 inches. Courtesy Spanierman Modern, New York
For hardy souls who can face the rigors of mid-town Manhattan, I recommend two shows within two blocks of each other: “Dan Christensen: The Early Sprays, 1967-1969,” at Spanierman Modern, on East 58th Street, and “Jackson Pollock: A Centennial Exhibition,” at Jason McCoy, in the Fuller Building. But  Read More 
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2 Sculptors, 5 Painters

David Evison. M-2. 2010. Steel and copper, 40 in. high. Courtesy Galleri Heike Arndt

One of the most enjoyable shows on view in Manhattan at the moment is “William Tucker: Present and Past” at McKee (through October 13). The literature from the gallery emphasizes “Day” (2012), an 8-foot high, semi-abstract, terracotta-colored plaster horse’s head (destined, the artist hopes, to be cast in bronze). Pictured on the  Read More 
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