Robert Pincus-Witten

Carlo Maria Mariani

March 2017

The 1980s were, above all, a period of sharp contradiction. The decade is especially remembered for the emergence of a doctrinaire, pro-Minimalist art criticism. But at the same instant, it also saw the resurgence of painting, particularly … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2017 [TOC]

Mark di Suvero

February 2017

As the academy of art criticism developed over this past half century, a vocabulary of enthusiasm—great, masterpiece, awesome, cool, and suchlike opinion—was struck from the lexicon of permissible discourse. The fear, quite correctly, was … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]

Salvatore Scarpitta

January 2017

All lives are unique, but none more so than that of Salvatore Scarpitta. New York–born in 1919 but Hollywood-bred, Scarpitta developed an early obsession with the automotive. At seventeen, he landed in Palermo, Italy—his father was born in … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2017 [TOC]

Nahum Tevet

December 2016

Born on a kibbutz in 1946, Nahum Tevet was by his midtwenties an ascendant figure in Israeli art. This exhibition surveyed twenty-six of his works on glass—virtually the entirety of this subtle body of work—produced between 1972 and 1975. … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]

Lucas Samaras

November 2016

TWO CONCURRENT EXHIBITIONS devoted to the early work of Lucas Samaras underscore the artist’s adoption of mediums often perceived as odd, even marginal, when compared to the more familiar tropes of easel painting. Born in Greece in 1936 and… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2016 [TOC]

Eric Fischl

September 2016

My earliest reviews of Eric Fischl’s “narrative paintings”—they date some thirty-five years back—bore the titles “Snatch and Snatching” (1981), and “Analytical Pubism” (1985), their snarkiness meant to take note of the then-tenderfoot painter’s… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2016 [TOC]

Allen Jones

June 2016

A half century and more has passed since the Swinging ’60s, Carnaby Street, teddy boys, even the Stones, all potent reminders of a British cultural liberation that was, admittedly, often perceived negatively—particularly in the stellar example… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]

“Painting in Italy 1910s–1950s: Futurism, Abstraction, Concrete Art”

March 2016

Most persons committed to modern art possess at least a passing acquaintance with such proper nouns as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, F. T. Marinetti, and Carlo Carrà—and with Futurism itself, the Biggest Bang of Italian modernism. How … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2016 [TOC]

Jean Tinguely

February 2016

Jean Tinguely (1925–1991) was a Swiss-born artist of singular though shifting reputation. His special place in American art owes much to his close connection, both stylistic and personal, to our great neo-Dadaists: Jasper Johns and Robert … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2016 [TOC]

Walter Pach

January 2016

During the first years of the twentieth century, Walter Pach (1883–1958)—painter and polyglot scholar—was in Paris, world center of the thrilling shifts then occurring in art. Pach, already liberated by the American Impressionist William … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2016 [TOC]