Charles Reeve

Charles Reeve is a curator at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he also teaches in the faculties of liberal studies and art.


The Expert’s Eye

7 September 2023

Rosemary Hill is right that, for at least forty years, connoisseurship has operated under a cloud of suspicion, not least because its potential to create market value often seems to align with its elitist pretensions: ‘If you can’t see that this drawing is by Piranesi, then you simply can’t see drawing … or Piranesi’ (LRB, 7 September). However, it’s worth noting that the tools of connoisseurship...

Balls and Strikes: Clement Greenberg

Charles Reeve, 5 April 2007

Enrico Donati’s small painting White to White features an aggressively encrusted pale rectangle with a second rectangle – black, white and brown – in its top left corner. Dated 1953, fairly early for such deliberately coarse abstraction, the painting landed in the collection of the famously plain-spoken art critic Clement Greenberg. Greenberg never published on the...

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