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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."



Jules Olitski (1922-2007). No. 7, 1968. Aluminum with acrylic air-drying lacquer, 108 x 174 x 44 inches (274.3 x 442 x 111.8 cm)
During these last few days in August, we have been having idyllic weather in the Big Apple, so, if you're not at the seashore or in Paris, here's an elegant small installation in midtown to go and see. It's “Jules Olitski: Tower 49, NYC,” which was curated by Lauren Olitski Poster and mounted back in May in the lobby  Read More 
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Parrish Art Museum, view from west. Image (c) Hufton and Crow.
The Number One topic of conversation in the Hamptons this summer isn’t the weather or the celebrities but the traffic. As the lamentable result of too many recent settlers, my jitney was an hour late getting out to Southampton on a Friday in late July, but, once I got there, I had a pleasant weekend.  Read More 
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Nicolas de Staël, "Collines-à-Agrigente." 1954. Oil on canvas, 38" x 28 1/2" (60 x 81 cm). Photo Courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.
On Upper Madison Avenue this past spring were two exhibitions by artists who, I’d been given to understand by persons whose taste I often share, should be of more than ordinary interest. Both artists practiced what is known as peinture matière (or Matter Painting).  Read More 
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Reed Brockway Bontecou (American, 1824-1907). Union Private John Parmenter, Company G, Sixty-Seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers. June 21, 1865. Albumen silver print from glass negative. Carte-de-visite. Collection Stanley B. Burns, M. D. Image (c) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The second show this summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the War Between the States is called “Photography and the American Civil War.” It includes more than 200 photographs, and was organized by the Met’s Jeff L. Rosenheim (also through September 2 at the Met; thereafter at the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC, from September 27 through January 5, 2014, and the New Orleans Museum of Art,  Read More 
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