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Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 2-4 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."

 

COVID-19 ABSTRACTION AT LICHTUNDFIRE: DARK WITH FLASHES OF LIGHT

Eveline Luppi, Grey Talk To Me, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches.  Courtesy Lichtundfire Gallery.

Another gallery open to live visitors is Lichtundfire, on the Lower East Side.   Its show is "Covert 19, Part I – The Quantum Paradox" (through September 13). This consists of abstract work done earlier this year, at the local height of the pandemic.  Like the last show at this gallery that I reviewed (on February 8) it has small- to medium-sized works heavily into blacks, greys and browns.  However, at least one artist, Eveline Luppi, breaks with the dusk by painting on white fields. Even better, she tosses wit into the mix. Read More 

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DISTINGUISHED COLOR: "NOLAND: FLARES" AT PACE

Installation view of Noland: Flares. 540 West 25th Street.  March 8 -August 14, 2020.
Left to right: "Flares: A Secret," "Flares: Sunday" and "Flares: Homage to Matisse."
Photography courtesy Pace Gallery.

Well, and so I ventured out to a real live gallery, Pace in Chelsea, which has opened for limited viewing (you reserve a time in advance).  But it was worth it, to get away from my neighborhood, and see work by the great Kenneth Noland (1924-2010).   The show is "Noland: Flares" (through August 14).  It has 18 works made of 2, 3 or even 4 shaped canvases painted different colors and sutured together to form new wholes. They were made between 1990 and 1995. Noland's late work can be problematic. But in this case, I'm happy to report, much and maybe even most if not all of it sings. Read More 

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