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PRINT December 1997

Linda Nochlin

1 Ellsworth Kelly (Guggenheim Museum, New York): Without a doubt the season’s most exciting show—pleasurable, demanding, and full of surprises. Lots of gorgeous color, tantalizing shapes, delicacy and dazzle. Then the surprising elegance of the small-scale drawings, the wit of the altered postcards. And the upward-and-onward setting of the Guggenheim seemed just right for this ascent toward the absolute.

2 Georges Seurat (National Gallery, London): A really interesting show, especially if you are involved in the late nineteenth century, interested in the representation of the bather, and an admirer of Seurat, all of which I am. The antithesis of the blockbuster, this show stuck admirably to the Baignade itself, supplementing Seurat’s youthful masterpiece with related works and the artist’s myriad studies and Conté-crayon drawings, each a different sort of miracle in black, white, and gray.

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