Azita Moradkhani on Louise Bourgeois

The tension between the bodies of mother and child builds up until the moment of physical separation with the delivery of a new entity in the world. Bourgeois depicts that moment using transparent skins of juicy crimson.

Brian Alfred on Jo Baer

Its minimal linear elements raced around the side of the canvas and played with my expectations of where paint would normally be.

Raoul Middleman on Paul Cezanne

There is almost a metaphysical postponement of finish throughout these portraits, a hesitation as if waiting for an informant of the future to complete them.

Carol Diamond on Al Held

Each hue resonates as cool or warm, deep or shallow, allowing the eye and the sensibility to soak in energy, light and form as pure color sensation.

David Humphrey on William John Whittemore

I like thinking, though, that the painting makes a complete body out of dispersed heterogeneous parts, a complicated body constrained and subdivided by guardrails, pedestals, canvas edges, bowler hats and neckties.

Julie Heffernan on Pierre Bonnard: Part II

Bonnard is no easy reach. The challenge he sets for all narrative painters is formidable: how to use both understatement and wild speculation to tell a bold story well…