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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."



I will begin by saying that the economy is not doing well. Although the private sector added some jobs in June, the number was smaller than expected, and the public sector laid off people (reflecting the cuts in government spending that the Republicans want to continue with, and increase). Also, more people were  Read More 
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Inspiration at Arrowhead

Abstract paintings by Arthur Yanoff and representational photographs by Kay Canavino explore the relationship between the Berkshires landscape and author Herman Melville, who completed Moby Dick, his most famous novel, at Arrowhead, his farmhouse near Pittsfield, MA (now a National Historic Landmark and museum). About 30 paintings and photographs, under the title "Reflections on Melville,"  Read More 
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Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951), Gaze, 1910. Oil on cardboard, Belmont Music Publishers, Pacific Palisades. Courtesy Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna. (c) 2011 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/VBK, Vienna. Photograph (c) Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna

Summertime is group show time. Two galleries, Spanierman and Allegra LaViola, are indulging that impulse with abstract shows, while the Neue Galerie is employing it to examine early 20th century Austrian modernism.

Allegra LaViola is on the lower East Side (not far from the Educational Alliance, where Rothko exhibited, in his salad days, and  Read More 
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David Evison. M1. 2010. Steel and copper. H. 28 in. Photo courtesy Villa Köppe, Berlin
This nifty little sculpture, at once prickly and mellow, is one of two by David Evison that were recently exhibited in Berlin & will be reproduced in the supplement to the July 15 DeLuxe print editon of FMD, accompanied by an email interview with the artist.
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