James writes:

Here are the shows that I'm thinking about for my next "Gallery Chronicle" in The New Criterion (look for it in January)

  • "Thornton Willis: Recent Paintings" at Elizabeth Harris
    , New York, through December 22.
    An abstract painter of the old school who has for decades worked through a synthesis of cubism, expressionism, and minimalism. I last wrote about Willis here.

  • "The Early Works of William King" at Alexandre Gallery through January 20.
    A Rough-hewn mid-twentieth-century sculptor who recalls Ellie Nadelman

  • "American Masterworks from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute" at Hirschl & Adler Galleries through December 29
    Sanford Gifford, Frederick Church, Thomas Cole, and Milton Avery. 'Nuff said.

  • "Frankenthaler: Sculpture" at Knoedler & Company through January 13.
    From the artist's mid-1970s collaboration with Anthony Caro (and the ghost of David Smith).

  • Ralph Albert Blakelock, Louis Michel Eilshemius, and Albert Pinkham
    Ryder at Salander-O'Reilly Galleries through January 6
    Three great outsider American artists who were modernists before their time. Albert Blakelock's moody little landscapes, on display at the Hirschl and Adler exhibit, were personal favorites at this year's New York Print Fair (look for more in my "NY fair chronicle" next spring).