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 [...]