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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."

 

THREE TALL WOMEN (ESPECIALLY FRANCINE TINT)

Francine Tint, Wonky, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 46 x 210 inches.
As March is National Women’s History Month, I cite the fine examples of 1) Louise P. Sloane, whose medium-sized & colorful, rigidly geometric abstract paintings grace the Two E Lounge in the stately Pierre Hotel (through May 31); 2) Arleen Joseph, whose modestly-scaled & colorful, gestural abstract paintings are ensconced in the busy Weill-Cornell Medical Associates clinic on West 72nd Street (through April 24), and 3) most of all, Francine Tint, who has gambled on Cavalier, a somewhat atypical gallery relatively new to the Big Apple, to present her classic yet audacious & brilliantly-hued abstract paintings in “Explorations by Francine Tint,” inhabiting Cavalier’s 4th Floor space at 3 West 57th Street (through March 24). Already, “Explorations” has garnered three enthusiastic reviews – this one is merely the fourth. Read More 
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A GARLAND OF ABSTRACTS

Kenneth Noland, Fete, 1959. Oil on canvas, 69 x 68.5 inche. Courtesy Yares Art.
The moment all the big spenders depart for Miami-Basel, New York galleries seem to blossom forth with abstracts. Or anyway, that’s how it was two years ago, and how it is again in 2017. So I have six shows to report on, three by juniors and three by seniors. The juniors are “Darcy Gerbarg” at Real + Art Chelsea (closed December 5); “Jacqueline Humphries” at Greene Naftali (through December 16); and “Louise P. Sloane: Selected Paintings 1977-2017” at Sideshow (through December 17). The seniors are “Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)” at ACA (through December 23); Lee Krasner: The Umber Paintings, 1959-1962” at Paul Kasmin (through January 13); and Kenneth Noland: Circles, Early and Late” at Yares Art (through December 30). Read More 
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A CRITIC'S FANTASY...

William Beier. White Nights (Homage to Hokusai), 2009-2013. UV Ink on canvas, 56 × 72 in (142.2 × 182.9 cm). Courtesy Walter Wickiser Gallery.
Every critic has a secret fantasy…..mine, last week, was that I could extract the few quite nice to very nice paintings that I saw while making the rounds in Chelsea from the context of the shows in which they appeared – in other words, I was fantasizing a gallery of my own…. Read More 
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NOODLING AROUND THE NEXUS

Richard Timperio, Dancer, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 39.5 x 33.5 inches. Courtesy the artist.
All the art fairs have been the nexus of the art scene in Manhattan this spring, but obviously hundreds of other viewing spaces have been showing their prides and joys as well. Four whom I’m going to highlight (alas, belatedly) in paragraphs below are 1) Jack White at Peg Alston (closed May 16); 2) “The Space Between” at the New York Studio School (closed March 22); 3) “Once Upon a Time and Now,” at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (officially closed April 6, though its permanent works remain on view) and 4) Louise P. Sloane & Richard Timperio at André Zarre (closed May 9). Read More 
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THE BIGGEST LITTLE SHOW IN TOWN

"Sideshow Nation" (works by Bornstein & Krynski in the foreground).
So, it is with us once again – the greatest little show in town, the annual extravaganza at Sideshow in Williamsburg (closes March 3). This year, it’s called “Sideshow Nation.” The title was suggested by Nancy Haynes, one of the 476 artists listed on its incredible checklist, because, according to Sideshow’s mastermind, Richard Timperio, she sees the show as a country or a tribe of creativity “that has reached the status of an all-inclusive nation.” Another artist in the show,  Read More 
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LOUISE P. SLOANE: MEMORABLY HANDSOME

Louise P. Sloane. The Mighty Quins. 2011. Acrylic on wood, 80 x 72 inches.
Louise P. Sloane is a geometric abstractionist. In the catalogue essay to her current exhibition at Sideshow, Lily Wei suggests that the artist was influenced by Josef Albers, “Color Field painting and the geometric abstractionists of the 70s.” Actually, “color field” is a term that gets tossed around rather loosely these days, and  Read More 
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"HOTTER THAN 'ELL"

Richard Timperio, proprietor of Sideshow, has really thrown me a curve ball with his current exhibition, which is entitled “Louise & Randy: (Hotter Than ‘Ell’)” (through November 13). I’m sure he didn’t realize he was doing this, but in pairing together the paintings of Louise P. Sloane and Randy Bloom, he has set me  Read More 
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