PRINT December 1984


New Art, Art Plastic, Beyond a Portrait, Emile Gallé, Howard Hodgkin, Munch, and Irving Penn

IN THE GRANDER SCHEME of things, this tabloid-sized record will surely look dated in no time at all. Compiled by four editors who seem to have combed recent catalogues and reviews rather than looked at the real thing in order to make their selections, this cross between a telephone book and a mail-order catalogue illustrates works (very little sculpture, endless numbers of paintings) by 118 artists “exhibited in the United States.” For the unfamiliar reader this will be confusing since there is only one page of text (in the form of an editors’ note) to accompany the mass of images laid out alphabetically by artist, from Acconci to Zwillinger. Scale is thrown to the winds, and color is sandwiched in to minimize printing costs. The only critical criterion stated is that the selection “spans the qualitative and typological range of art now.” Perusing this trendy product resembles reading the

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