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Progress in Art

Suzi Gablik, Progress in Art, (New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1977), 192 pages, 162 illustrations.

Progress in Art is subtitled “Is There Progress in Art?” Gablik wants to suggest that there might be, and her book’s dust-jacket goes on to describe the volume it enfolds as “a radical and challenging view of art based on the ideas of Jean Piaget, Claude Lévi-Strauss and Thomas Kuhn.” One feels as though this sentence might be there to allay the anxiety brought on by the capricious interaction of title and subtitle. Accordingly, it’s printed in red, a brightly marked reassurance whose color also serves as a warning that one may be in the presence of an original idea. However, one is not.

Gablik’s theme is that modernist—she uses the adjective to denote the art of this century, from Cubism to the present—painting and sculpture aren’t reductive at all, a proposition with which few

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