The balance between public and private in art continues to shift toward the private sector as more of the globe-girdling galleries mount museum quality shows. How long until we see a major auction house mount a similar (or larger) scholarly show?
Holland Carter reviews David Zwirner’s Ad Reinhardt show in the New York Times:
In recent years some of our big Chelsea galleries have given us what are basically museum shows. From Gagosian, a while back, came an invaluable retrospective of Piero Manzoni, followed by a survey of late Monet paintings that felt like an impossible dream. David Zwirner now enters the modern-old-masters lists with “Ad Reinhardt,” a trenchant centennial tribute to a classic American artist, and one of the best exhibitions in or out of a gallery this fall.
Of the canonical figures still routinely lumped under something called Abstract Expressionism, Reinhardt is one of the few I feel a real connection to, even affection for. Maybe this is because he avoided barroom soul-baring; or because he saw beyond local to global in art; or because he loved art with an acolyte’s ardor but also clearly recognized it as a contrivance around which ego and celebrity could and would be spun.
The Zwirner show, organized by Robert Storr, critic, painter and dean of the Yale School of Art, manages to touch on all of these aspects.