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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."



George Hofmann. Codex Major 5. 2012. Acrylic on birch board, 48 x 38 inches.
For years, Arthur Yanoff, the painter/collagist, has been telling me about George Hofmann’s theory on “fractured space.” According to Yanoff, this is the coming form of painting in the era of cyberspace. For that reason (among others), I was more than ordinarily curious to see Hofmann’s latest work in "George Hofmann," at Show Room, on the Lower East Side (through October 7) Read More 
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2 Sculptors, 5 Painters

David Evison. M-2. 2010. Steel and copper, 40 in. high. Courtesy Galleri Heike Arndt

One of the most enjoyable shows on view in Manhattan at the moment is “William Tucker: Present and Past” at McKee (through October 13). The literature from the gallery emphasizes “Day” (2012), an 8-foot high, semi-abstract, terracotta-colored plaster horse’s head (destined, the artist hopes, to be cast in bronze). Pictured on the  Read More 
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Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1957). Big Campbell's Soup Can, 19¢ (Beef Noodle). 1962. Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 72 x 54 1/2 in. (182.9 x 158.4 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. (c) 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
The media preview for “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was mobbed—old, young, male, female, flash bulbs popping, cameras rolling (or whatever video cameras do). But the real news was the lunch after the preview, hosted by  Read More 
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Carolanna Parlato. Red Sky. 2012. Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 24" x 24" Courtesy Elizabeth Harris Gallery.
Well, and so we are off and running with the new season. I began my immersion on the evening of Thursday, September 6, when legions of galleries in Chelsea held opening receptions for their new shows. The streets of that neighborhood were crowded with people dressed festively, sometimes standing out on the pavement, chatting, and sometimes carrying their plastic glasses filled with wine from one venue to another.

Working my way downtown,  Read More 
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Detail of "Kalila and Dimna," in Arabic. Syria? 1354. Bodleian Librarires. University of Oxford, MS. Pococke 400, fol. 75b.

In June, I was up in Connecticut, and had a delicious scone with Stacie Weiner, friend & subscriber to the print edition of FMD. She asked what big shows would be coming to New York in the autumn, so here is the beginning of a list. It’s primarily of museums, as they announce their plans earlier and in more detail, but at the end are four galleries  Read More 
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