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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."



George Hofmann, Is This the Blue of the Aegean?, 2008-09.  Acrylic on linen, 40 x 32".  Artwork © George Hofmann. Courtesy of David Richard Gallery. Photo by Yao Zu Lu

Far from the madding crowd, at 211 East 121st Street in Manhattan, one may find "George Hofmann," at David Richard (through February 28).   These eleven canvases, though done between 2008 and 2010, still have an airy freshness that renders them welcome to our jaded town. Read More 

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Left to right: Paula De Luccia, Mill Wild(2008); Liv Mette Larsen, Neighborhood X (2014); Neighborhood IV (2014); and Neighborhood IX (2014).
In Manhattan just now we have two shows with four artists between them, all worthy of note. Two of these artists, George Hofmann & Ben Dowell, are holding forth in Williamsburg, while the other two, Liv Mette Larsen & Paula De Luccia, can be found on the Lower East Side.  Read More 
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George Hofmann. Codex Major 5. 2012. Acrylic on birch board, 48 x 38 inches.
For years, Arthur Yanoff, the painter/collagist, has been telling me about George Hofmann’s theory on “fractured space.” According to Yanoff, this is the coming form of painting in the era of cyberspace. For that reason (among others), I was more than ordinarily curious to see Hofmann’s latest work in "George Hofmann," at Show Room, on the Lower East Side (through October 7) Read More 
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Detail of "Kalila and Dimna," in Arabic. Syria? 1354. Bodleian Librarires. University of Oxford, MS. Pococke 400, fol. 75b.

In June, I was up in Connecticut, and had a delicious scone with Stacie Weiner, friend & subscriber to the print edition of FMD. She asked what big shows would be coming to New York in the autumn, so here is the beginning of a list. It’s primarily of museums, as they announce their plans earlier and in more detail, but at the end are four galleries  Read More 
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History's Mysteries & Contemporary Soupçons

Down in the bowels of West 21st Street, Larry Gagosian, who is to Chelsea what P. T. Barnum was to circuses, has mounted what he obviously hopes will be the same kind of historical blockbuster that his big late Picasso show was last season. “Claude Monet: Late Work,” curated by Paul Hayes Tucker,  Read More 
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