PRINT February 1999


Julien Levy

AS WE APPROACH THE FINAL MONTHS of this century, art critics and historians are increasingly compelled to identify and list the most important events that have occurred in the world of art over the course of the past hundred years. Histories differ, of course, depending on who provides them. Artists tend to chart progress through the accomplishments of other artists, whereas historians seem to prefer seeing styles develop logically in a seamless chronological sequence. The contributions made by curators in this historical flow have been well documented in books devoted to the most important art exhibitions of the century, and even collectors have been given credit for the important role they played in shaping modernist taste.

But how about the art dealers? There is no anthology or history of twentieth-century art that adequately acknowledges their contribution to its development (nor, to

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