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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."

 

ART V. TERMINOLOGY: "LYRICAL ABSTRACTION" AT BOOKSTEIN

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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ON THE BEATEN (CHELSEA) PATH: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE BEAUTFUL

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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....IN THE WATER

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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BLOSSOMING (PART ONE)

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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CHRISTMAS BONUSES

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
SCULPTURE: MANHATTAN

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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