San Francisco

Betty Carney Pope

Artists Cooperative Gallery, Sacramento

Recent paintings of Americana by this Montanaborn artist, which indicate a changeover from lyricism to popism. Although there is a certain poetic quality remaining in those works dealing with social comment, she has apparently given much thought to that attitude called “Americanism,” examining it from many angles, and has summarized her thoughts in her largest and best painting (here), “United We Stand.” It concerns flags, a subject with which many of today’s artists are curiously obsessed. Miss Pope has made a composite of the various flags flown through its development by this union which is still struggling to become and remain a United States of America. Into the composition she has brought a sense of history, plus a little each of patriot ism, nostalgia and derision.

E. M. Polley