PRINT Summer 1968

Evaluations and Re-Evaluations

The precursor can have no imitators: he is always sui generis, while the rebel appears in crowds because the way of the rebel is easily imitated. The precursor shapes a new civilization; the rebel defines the edges of a disintegrating one.

George Kubler, The Shape of Time

DURING THE PAST SEASON or so a number of exhibitions that I thought had merit or interest have gone unreviewed in Artforum. Others provoked critical comment which overlooked aspects that seemed to me fascinating if not profound, though the implication of any incidental illumination grows in profundity upon reflection. I propose to discuss some of these refusée exhibitions and incidental insights now and, in addition, take this opportunity to revise, in part, my opinion of Jackson Pollock, on the basis of certain insights into the related problems of shape, scale and decoration.

I have also, in the past few years, come to

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