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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."

 

EXPECTATIONS V. REALITIES

Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), Red Serpent - Version I, 1949. Oil on canvas, 42 x 60 inches, Promised Gift to The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Courtesy Freedmanart.
Every exhibition arouses expectations. Depending on those expectations, gallery-goers may – or may not – decide to go see it. This post is about two exhibitions which have aroused – and may very likely still arouse—different expectations. Yet in neither case did (or do) the expectations correspond to the realities of the shows themselves. Read More 
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