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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."



Tim Scott. Woodwind I. 2011. Plywood, H. 90 cm. Image (c)Tim Scott 2011
David Evison, the sculptor, normally lives in Berlin. At the moment, he has a teaching gig in China. Recently, he paused in London to take in an important exhibition there. Below is his report:

"Color and Substance" was the title of an exhibition at Poussin Gallery, Bermondsey St.  Read More 
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Charles Demuth (1883-1935). Dancing Sailors, 1917. Watercolor over graphite on paper, 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4). Courtesy Demuth Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
“Why do you bother?” two likeminded art-world friends asked, when I told that that I’d been to the media preview of “Maurizio Cattelan: All” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (through January 22). They knew—and I knew---that none of us was going to rhapsodize about the show, but  Read More 
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Randy Bloom. Big Fun. 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 71.5 x 68 inches.
Randy Bloom is a free spirit. In the years that I’ve known her, she’s traveled far and wide, exhibiting in Tokyo, painting in South Africa, hobnobbing with friends in Turkey, and exhibiting in unconventional venues in the New York area (not least among her accomplishments, selling dozens of pictures to a  Read More 
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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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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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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Bust of a Woman, Paris, spring 1909. Gouache on paper, 25 x 19 inches. Private Collection (c)2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
I urge you to run and see a practically perfect show: “Picasso’s Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition,” at The Frick Collection (through January 8; then at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, February 5 through May 6). This show, of more than sixty drawings (in pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache, pastel and chalk)  Read More 
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David Levine (American, 1926-2009). Claes Oldenburg. 1969. Pen and black ink, 9 1/4 x 6 7/8 inches (23.5 x 17.5 cm). Collection of Philip H. Isles

At the moment, there are just too many good shows at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for me to review them all (or for that matter, even get around to seeing them). In all seven of the galleries normally devoted to the Met’s own collection of Chinese  Read More 
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