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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."



Mark Tobey, Sharp Field, 1960.  Tempera, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. Courtesy Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art.


If you believe everything you read online, Jackson Pollock owed his celebrated "all-over" style entirely to the "white writing" of Mark Tobey. This anyway is how Tobey's Wikipedia entry tells it,  To me, this is like comparing a candle to a bonfire, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy "Mark Tobey: Nature's Patterns," eighteen mostly-small but still highly enjoyable works at Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art (through May 12). A candle can be beautiful, too -- and even a candle may ignite a blaze. Read More 

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