PRINT April 1972

The Whitney Annual, Part I

THE ELEVATOR DOORS SLIDE OPEN. It’s not really like a curtain going up, but it does provide the only well-thought-out moment of curatorial theater in the entire show: the first glimpse of a four-paneled “work” in which Cy Twombly, Larry Poons, Virginia Jaramillo, and Nancy Graves are jumbled together to strike this year’s keynote—which they do, more or less. Twombly reaches back to the ’50s, coming to rest (for curatorial purposes) somewhere near the end of the ’60s. He’s the “old” old-timer, Poons the “young” one who pushes the ’60s up to the present. Graves, the aging rookie, is there to imply a future based on solid beginnings, and Jaramillo, the fresh rookie, stands for the unknown quantities intended to give this show its real buzz.

All except Jaramillo are interested in getting out from under traditional composition—yet, brought together this way, their paintings form a composition

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