What Meets the Eye

Finding Fairfield Porter at the Met

September 19, 2017

  The painter who looks for a subject, or doubts his role, has fallen behind in the race. —Fairfield Porter Because I was doubting my role and looking for a subject in the last days of summer—I visited the Met. And by subject I mean literal [...]

Eric Fischl and the Big Uneasy

June 30, 2017

  I was going to write about Fischl’s economical brushwork but Dennis Kardon did such a super job on that in “HyperA”, and James Cahill in “Art In America” put the hilarious cherry on top by calling it “near enough.” All I’m [...]

The Intricate Modernism of Anne Harvey

June 14, 2017

      It’s startling, disconcerting even, to come across a painter I don’t know who fits into a historical period—Modern Art ( as TJ Clark defines it)—but in her own way. (A similar thing happened several years ago, when I [...]

Mercedes Matter, Early and Late

May 26, 2017

                                                       Untitled (Tabletop Still Life), ca. 1998, 38”x 46” Some of Mercedes Matter’s early works have a singsong, seesaw effect—Hans [...]

The Painting

April 6, 2017

  The Painting Open Casket, Dana Schutz at the Whitney Biennial   The thing is, it’s a wonderful painting. As many have noted, there is nothing else like it (or nearly as good in my opinion) in Dana Schutz’s oeuvre to date, so how she got [...]