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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."

 

MODEST BUT LIKEABLE: CLEVE GRAY AT WAHLSTEDT

Installation shot, "Cleve Gray: Paintings on Paper" at Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art, November 19, 2020 - January 16, 2021.  Left to right: "Jerusalem III," "Roman Wall (Blue)," and "Conjunction II."  Copyright Anders Walhstedt Fine Art.

 

I've wanted to write about Cleve Gray (1918-2004) for some time.  Every so often, I've seen a terrific painting by him in a group show, but whatever solo exhibitions of his paintings that I may have seen at Loretta Howard in the past few years just didn't do it for me. At long last, though, a Gray show has come along that I can heartily recommend.  True, it contains only 17 smaller and less ambitious works, but many and maybe most of them are of high quality.

 

Called "Cleve Gray: Paintings on Paper," this show is now on view at Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art(through January 16, 2021, and including Dec. 29 through 31). This gallery  specializes in works on paper, and is now located at 521 West 26th Street, in the space formerly occupied by Loretta Howard. Howard herself continues to do business online, and in her capacity as representing the Gray estate, is co-sponsor for this show. Read More 

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PORTRAIT OF AN EXHIBITION ON 57TH STREET

Hans Hofmann ( German, 1880-1966), The Climb, 1960. Oil on board, 84 x 48 inches.
Beginning all over again, I am going to review a most remarkable & welcome exhibition at the Manhattan venue of Cavalier at 3 West 57th Street. The show is entitled “57th Street: America’s Artistic Legacy – Part I.” As nearly as I can tell, both its sculpture and more importantly its paintings were selected and hung by Ron Cavalier, co-founder and president of the gallery. This show opened on June 15th, and I am going to review what I saw when I visited it on Saturday, July 20th.  Read More 
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TWO OLD FRIENDS, OR PERHAPS....

Stanley Boxer. Capturestheheartland. 1991. Oil and mixed media on canvas, 40 x 46 inches. Collection of Spanierman Modern.
Two old friends, or perhaps “professional acquaintances” would be less presumptuous, are having exhibitions in Manhattan at present. At Loretta Howard, you may see “Tim Scott in the 60s and 70s” (through February 25). I first met this gifted British sculptor back around 1970, when I was living in London and trying to write a novel.  Read More 
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