PRINT December 1966

Present-Day Art and Ready-Made Styles

PRESENT-DAY AMERICAN PAINTING and sculpture is very vital. It is split into many styles. Each style has its own qualities and some sort of audience. There is a “culture boom,” which means that attention and money are being directed toward art. Art gets a lot of publicity. This is a stimulating atmosphere for artists. Consequently there are more artists making more art than ever before, and some of this work is very good. On the other hand, most of this huge production is inferior. Much of this inferior work is being done within the confines of several contemporary styles whose very nature limits and debilitates the talent and energy of the artists working with them.

The enlarged framework of Abstract Expressionism was not the first assumptive basis for abstract painting, but it was the most fertile. Abstract Expressionism, as it flowered in this country from 1940 to 1960, was the first big

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