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Inwardness: Chicago Art Since 1945

IN CHICAGO FOR OVER 25 years, artists have been responding to the history of their times without feeling in the least obliged to further the history of art. They have not subscribed to the belief that the avant-garde has a monopoly on the modern. They have not understood that they are required by critics to develop a new look at regular intervals. Elsewhere, outside New York, masses of artists absorb at some distance in time and understanding the latest ideology of the art capital. They would escape their terror of being regional only at the cost of becoming provincial. Provincial art depends upon and contracts with the stylistic authority of a center. The best known art of London and Los Angeles, during the ’60s, well illustrates this complimentary mode of work, although these cities had their strong regional coteries, too. Regional art derives its subjects from its immediate environment,

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