Bill Scott is a radical artist, but not in the sense to which we’ve become accustomed.
Mr. Scott, whose abstract paintings and prints are on display at Hollis Taggart Galleries, doesn’t rely on slick theatrics, obtuse theorizing or technological appropriation. He has the temerity to plumb something deeper than his navel or the superficialities of Read More
The American painter Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992), whose very large late paintings are the subject of an enchanting exhibition at Knoedler & Company, was often described in his lifetime as the youngest of the Abstract Expressionist painters of the New York School. He was indeed younger than Pollock, de Kooning and a few other artists in Read More
For anyone with a serious interest in modernist painting and its role in shaping the course of 20th-century American art, the current exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has a fascinating story to tell. The show is called Art of Tomorrow: Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenheim, and it focuses our attention on the Read More
There are artists whose lives become, in retrospect, an allegory of the era in which they worked, and one of them was Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (1898-1944), whose career is the subject of an unusual exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan. Don’t be dismayed if her name is unfamiliar to you. It was certainly new to Read More
Like so many other avant-garde groups that set the pace of artistic innovation in the early decades of the 20th century, the artists associated with the Blue Rider group in Munich in 1911-12 were emphatically international in background and outlook. The group’s greatest talent and principal theorist, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), was a veteran of the Read More
“Americans are supposed to paint as if they had never seen another picture.” That disheartening observation was made in a moment of exasperation and despair by the American painter Arthur Dove (1880-1946) sometime in the 1930′s-a decade that was not an easy period for an artist of his persuasion.
By the mid-1930′s, Dove had for Read More