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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."

 

2 LADYLIKE SHOWS W. MUSCLE: ROOMS & CONES

Henri Matisse, Striped Robe, Fruit, and Anemones, 1940. Oil on canvas. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.258 (c)2011 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Two museum exhibitions with lady-like exteriors but either some or a lot of interior muscle are on view along upper Fifth Avenue, and well worth attending (at least, if you’re an art lover who doesn’t get the bends at being forced to rise above 34th Street).  Read More 
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SUMMER SUMMARY

The press release for “Excavations Non-Objective: Paintings by Michael Filan” was a real turnoff, illustrated as it was with reproductions of two of the sloppiest paintings I’ve seen. They looked as though the artist had simply hung his canvases on a wall, and slung paint at them, allowing it to  Read More 
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TWO STEAMY DAYS & NOTES

On two steamy days last week, I visited five galleries, all with reasons to recommend them. First was “Images of Dance: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Evidence Dance Company” at Peg Alston Fine Arts (through July 15). Founded in 1985 by Ronald K. Brown,  Read More 
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