PRINT Summer 1964

Formal Art

THE ART OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA is marked by the emergence of three groups of artists who employ means that are distinctly formal in character. They can easily be distinguished; within the first group the connecting link is a notion of style which has been isolated and defined by the Los Angeles art critic, Jules Langsner, as Hard Edge. A recent exhibition organized by Langsner at Newport and titled “California Hard Edge” included Florence Arnold, John Barbour, Larry Bell, Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, June Harwood, Frederick Hammersley, Helen Lundeberg, John McLaughlin and Dorothy Waldman. (The inclusion of Bell was on the basis of his early work; his current constructions in no way fit this particular notion of style.)

What unified the artists within the exhibition is a common attitude to the handling of form. In general, the edges of their forms are hard and precise, the colors are

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