Report from the Front
Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. New shows: "events;" how to support the online edition: "works."
FOUR PHOTO SHOWS
January 27, 2013
I was surprised when Francine Tint recommended “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery (through April 6). After all, she’s an abstract painter, and normally recommends shows of painting (or sculpture). This was the first time I can recall her recommending a photography exhibition, and I resisted at first, Read More
NARCISSUS ON 53RD STREET
January 19, 2013
According to Greek mythology, Narcissus was a beautiful youth who fell in love with his own reflection, staring up at him from a pool of water. I always thought that he leaned so far over to admire it that he fell in and drowned. Wikipedia won’t confirm this recollection, but it Read More
SMALLER BUT MORE PERFECT
January 12, 2013
To get to the Matisse show, you will probably pass through the galleries displaying the Met’s handsome permanent collection of sub-Saharan African art. In the middle of it is a small space used for special exhibitions. Here appears a much more modest & less ambitious show than the Matisse, but in some ways, a more perfect one. It is Read More
CAN ONE RUIN MATISSE?
January 5, 2013
Another show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, even more worthy of visiting than that of George Bellows, gives us a master beloved by modernists for his sheer mastery of the art of painting, and for the enormous pleasure he has already given so many of them over the years. He is also popular with postmodernists because he is figurative enough to enjoy crowd appeal Read More