PRINT June 1963

West Coast Art: Three Images


The Ideas in the Exhibitions

IT WILL PROBABLY NEVER happen again that three large separate exhibitions, all purporting to present some aspect of West Coast art, will crop up in the same place, at the same time, as the Pacific Coast Invita­tional, “The Artist’s Environment: West Coast,” and the 82nd Annual of the San Francisco Art Institute have done.1 And, if it ever does happen again, it is even less likely that we will have, as we have here, a pre­sentation chosen by a single man, another by a group of museum associates, and a third by a group of ten artists. The occasion is a godsend to the interested viewer, providing, as it does, almost limitless opportunities for comparison, evaluation and meditation, not only on the problem of what is, really, West Coast painting, let alone how best to present it, but on the nature of the various individuals and groups who offer, in theses exhibitions,

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.