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“The Academy,”Art News Annual #XXXIII

The Academy, Art News Annual #XXXIII, ed. Thomas Hess & John Ashbery (Macmillan, N.Y. 1967), 176 pages, illustrations.

Failed art, as prevalent as forgettable conversation, rarely provides a critical issue. We are success oriented, not inclined to devote much attention to the downbeat and the also-rans. But, (leaving aside simple deficiency of talent), the latter often fall into commingled categories—the sentimental, the rhetorical, and the academic—which are quite worth studying as phenomena that may shift their perimeters at any moment. For every gesture or sensibility in art is now shadowed by the imminence of our satiety, the ever shortening time span when an esthetic vision will come to seem mere formula. At a time when formula itself is being substituted for “vision,” when the most progressive impulses become a matter of displaced stereotypes, almost appearing pre-exhausted of human

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