San Francisco

“The Art of Assemblage”

San Francisco Museum of Art

William Seitz, one of the Museum of Modern Art’s perpetual category makers, has assembled a huge, lavishly catalogued exhibition, only part of which is shown here. Seitz’ purpose seems to be to relabel what is neo-dada as “assemblage.” Presumably his intentions are of the best and meant to rebut such pundits as Canaday and other odd characters such as Dr. Longman, Chairman of the U.C.L.A. Art Department, both of whom are considered as jokes by artists. Longman, in fact, is thought to be anti-art. The catalogue describes the objects as: 1. predominantly assembled rather than painted, drawn, modeled or carved. 2. Entirely or in part, their constituent elements are preformed natural or manufactured materials, objects, or fragments not intended as art materials. There follows, in support, a spate of tendentious conclusions concerning the sociological, political and metaphysical origin and

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