San Francisco

“Drawing International”

San Francisco Museum of Art

This exhibition is noteworthy, not for its content, but its omissions. It consists of one hundred drawings selected by Gordon Washburn during his perambulations around the world to pick the last Carnegie International.

Statistically, at any rate, the British are the topnotch draughtsmen. They are represented by eighteen items, with the Japanese as close runners up with fourteen items. Evidently American artists don’t draw, or if they do, they are not worthy of inclusion, other than the two items by Keonig and Masurorsky.

The overwhelmingly large British selection amply demonstrates the organizational efficiency of having an official body, the British Council, to press entries into international exhibitions. You know, old boy, the export drive applied to culture! Nevertheless there are two fine drawings by Alan Davie and Eduardo Paolozzi.

But as everyone knows, it is really the Japanese who

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