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Michael Fried’s 3 American Painters

Michael Fried, 3 American Painters (Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University), 1965. 80 pages. Illustrated.

THE ORIGINAL SELECTIONS for the exhibition of works by Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski and Frank Stella for which this is the catalog, were made by Michael Fried for the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard. When the exhibition opened at Pasadena, however, only the works by Olitski were the same as those shown at Harvard (presumably because there were no Olitskis on the West Coast); for the rest, works by Noland and Stella from local galleries and collections replaced the original selections. The strangeness of this procedure is emphasized by the fact that Mr. Fried notes that the selection of the works was made “primarily with regard to quality,” and, indeed, the major point of the extended essay turns on the matter of making “convincing discriminations of value among the works of a particular artist.”

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