Los Angeles

“A View of the Century”

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

The century is ours; the title of the exhibition promises everything, and with the exception of idio­syncratic favorites and Americans, the names are all there (“fifty-eight of the foremost artists who have defined the character and established the values of modern art . . . ” reads the catalog). Walter Hopps, who organized the show, explains in his forward that he has selected, as an introductory group, four paintings by artists “associated with the climax of the 19th century who clearly seem to prefigure four major pathways for the art to follow.” That is, one apiece by Cézanne, Monet, Munch, and Redon. The paintings in the exhibit proper are not hung, how­ever, to illustrate these four directions, but in groups representing the major “isms” of the century. Presumably one draws one’s own umbilical cords. A further remark in the foreword should be repeated: “It is significant to note that

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