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Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. New shows: "events;" how to support the online edition: "works."



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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Well, when I went out to Governor’s Island last fall, to see the show of paintings there by Franklin Einspruch, I learned that Einspruch very much admires Leon Kossoff. I’d never heard of Kossoff, so when I saw an advertisement this spring for a show of his at  Read More 
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When I got the invitation to “21 Americans,” the show at Bernard Jacobson, I sighed at names like Lichtenstein, Stella, Rauschenberg & Wesselman. I know that any new gallery which wants to lure traffic may be obliged to offer such Big Names, along with art I want to see,  Read More 
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John Griefen. (No title). 2011. Acrylic on handmade paper, 48 in. x 46 in.
I can't resist showing my online readers this new paper piece by John Griefen. I find it really exciting, so exciting that I'm featuring it in the supplement to my DeLuxe print edition, issue #95, to be mailed out (complete with accompanying interview)to my subscribers in the next week or so.
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Anthony Caro (British, b. 1924). After Summer, 1968. Painted steel. Collection of Audrey and David Mirvish, Toronto. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wilson Santiago
Sorry I couldn’t make it to the Monday night opening on April 25 of Sculptures by Anthony Caro in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on view through October 30, weather permitting). However, I did get to a more intimate gathering, the media preview that morning, and  Read More 
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The last two weeks have been blissfully free from partisan acrimony, as Congress has been on its two-week Easter vacation. And, since this column last looked at politics, some few things have been accomplished. In early April, Democrats and Republicans in Congress reached agreement on a budget deal for the coming six  Read More 
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