San Francisco

Group Show

Art Unlimited

Fear that a policy of artistic commitment will “narrow the market” is reflected in the average “unlimited” fare of many little pantapoloia of art, but never more de­pressingly than in the off-season clut­tering of walls with the dregs of the bins. One wearies of group shows that have no theme, that present neither a sequence in the evolution of a method nor a coherent essay in significantly juxtaposed parallels or contrasts, but that seem merely an attempt to display a “little of something” for every con­ceivable taste (including the most ba­nal) that might be found in a random sampling of passers-by.

If there are inevitably one or two pieces in such a scattering that rise somewhat above the triviality of the average, it is but respect for the art and kindness to the artist to overlook them in such a context.

Palmer D. French