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Topics in American Art Since 1945

Lawrence Alloway, Topics in American Art Since 1945 (New York: Norton, 1975), 282 pages, 64 black and white illustrations.

THE FIRST WORD IN Lawrence Alloway’s selected survey of American art since 1945 is “differentiation.” It is a key term, implying a wide range of subject matter. The jacket cover promises Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge and Systems, Conceptual Art, Pop Art, Happenings, Earthworks, Public Sculpture, and finally, The Changing Role of the Critic. Indeed, we get all this plus Alloway on “highway culture,” photo-Realism, Radio City Music Hall and the chronology of an art gallery.

This will at once establish the seriousness of Alloway’s dedication to every kind of subject matter that can comfortably sit in the range of “art,” and his willingness to explore all different kinds of antithetical productions. He writes a sensitive appreciation of Agnes Martin, a clear discussion

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