Report from the Front
Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. New shows: "events;" how to support the online edition: "works."
10 Reviews & 1 Advisory
March 26, 2013
In the following post, I will offer reviews of ten (count them, 10) gallery exhibitions, around about Manhattan & in Williamsburg. I also offer a briefer advisory about “Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959,” at Gagosian on 21st Street (through April 13). I don’t yet know what I’ll say about Read More
A RARELY SEEN BUT GLORIOUS BIRD
March 15, 2013
The other press preview I got on February 4, for a new installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art taken (almost) entirely from its permanent collection, called into use that rarely seen but glorious bird: connoisseurship. The show was (and is) “Sleeping Eros” (through June 23). The curator helping us appreciate it Read More
CELEBRITIES, W. & W/OUT TALENT
March 9, 2013
In early February, I trotted down to Chelsea, to see three gallery shows that I’d heard and/or read about. Working my way uptown, I started first with the new HQ of Hauser & Wirth, on West 18th Street. The gallery turned out to be a huge, cavernous space of 24,000 square feet, Read More
"THE PATH OF NATURE"
March 2, 2013
With laudable civic ambition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art evidently feels an insatiable need to supply its regular and potential visitors with an unending stream of “new” exhibitions. Even the Met doesn’t have the money to make all these exhibitions genuinely new, however, in the sense that it can keep staging subject-based exhibitions which rely upon borrowed work as well as work already owned to make whatever point the show is supposed to make. Sometimes, this leads to a show that makes a somewhat different point Read More