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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."

 

THE ART FAIRS OF (MOSTLY) EARLY MARCH, AND DARBY BANNARD'S BRILLIANT INSIGHT

Willem de Kooning. Untitled (Still Life with Eggs and Potato Masher), 1928-1929. Oil and sand on canvas, 18 x 24 inches. (c) Estate of Willem de Kooning, Courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.
Following CAA, the next avalanche of art-world “news” to descend onto Manhattan was the art fairs that took place between March 4 & 8. The two original and most conspicuous were The Armory Show, on Piers 92 & 94 in the Hudson River, and The Art Show, at the Park Avenue Armory, but there were about ten others.

Together, these dozen offered more than 700 booths—of dealers from all over the world, plus  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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BREAKING NEWS! WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM! PAGE ONE HEADLINE!

The Museum of Modern Art has finally found a show that is both drawing mobs and landing it on Page One of the New York Times. Who among our edgy younger curators could ask for anything more? This show demands nothing but prurient curiosity from viewers, plus the willingness to pretend that this is a serious, highbrow presentation instead of a peep show for people who like to say they went to a museum but don’t really like painting or sculpture.  Read More 
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