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Scale as Content at the Corcoran

THE CURRENT EXHIBITION OF Scale As Content at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is more important for what it promises and signifies than for what it actually is. It seems to be necessary to distinguish between the intention and attitude behind the show and the quality of the exhibition itself.

Eleanor Green, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran, who conceived the idea of the exhibition after discussions on scale acting as content with Al Held in the summer of 1966, states in her catalog introduction that “this is the first time that an American museum has requested three major artists to create an exhibition of works made especially for the museum’s space.” While I would myself ascribe the term “major” to only one of the three artists (Ronald Bladen, Barnett Newman and Tony Smith) who put aside other work to carry out the Corcoran’s commission, that the Gallery has

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