San Francisco

Fred Martin, Tony Delap, Nell Sinton, Roy De Forest

San Francisco Museum of Art Corridor

Excellently displayed in the corridors of a museum usually noted for its unconcern with (or ignorance of(?)) those niceties of hanging which are important to providing a proper framework of visual impact, this exhibition is deliberately linked by the consistent small scale of the works, which average about a foot square. Since Pollock, large canvases have been the order of the day in America, incorporating as they have, notions of enclosing and assaulting the viewer in an environment of paint. The tradition of the small format, however, has not been ignored: at least one major American artist, Cornell, consistently works within this scale, as did two of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century, Klee and Schwitters.

The most genuinely radical artist in the exhibition is Fred Martin. He is completely in command of this small format; he works with cheap poster paint and

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