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THE ELUSIVE AND PROTEAN entity known as the Internet is straining to be more things to more people with every passing moment, and it is now metamorphosing into a gallery space as well. In New York this summer, the Dia Center for the Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art all inaugurated spaces on-line, to promote exhibitions and to exhibit artwork created for the Internet. At this writing, Digitalogue, a gallery devoted exclusively to digital art, was scheduled to open in Santa Monica in September. New York companies called Tractor and Artix are helping artists, galleries, and museums with life on-line, and the Microsoft Corporation plans a contemporary-art program for its new on-line network. “It’s like the Wild West,” says MoMA’s Barbara London.

Questions about art and cyberspace persist, however: will artists and institutions on the Internet be playing to

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