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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."



Kikuo Saito, Big O, 2010. Oil on canvas, 16.5 x 14 inches.  Image courtesy of the artist's estate and Bookstein Projects, New York.



What, after all, is – or was – "Lyrical Abstraction?"  You wouldn't believe what a web of confusion Wikipedia manages to weave around the term!  But that shouldn't inhibit you, gentle reader, from going to --- and enjoying – a highly diverting show of 13 pocket-sized works entitled "Lyrical Abstraction: Small Scale" at Bookstein Projects, at 60 East 66th Street on the Upper East Side (through April 13). Read More 

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Kikuo Saito, Green Broom, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 80 1/2 x 51 3/4 inches.
This is not a good year for modernism. But life is short and art is long. Kikuo Saito, who died last February at 76, is being honored by two exhibitions. At Leslie Feely in Manhattan is “Kikuo Saito: “The Final Years” (through October 14) and at Sam & Adele Golden in New Berlin, NY is “Kikuo Saito: Color and Drawing” (through March 24, 2017). Read More 
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I’m sorry to have to report on the recent deaths of three fine artists who may be known to some of my readers. They are: Douglas Haynes (b. 1936) who died in Edmonton from leukemia; Kikuo Saito (b. 1939), who died in New York from cancer and Geoffrey Rigden (b. 1943), who died in London of heart disease. My condolences to their families, and may their art go on!  Read More 
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