Santa Barbara

“Some Paintings to Consider”

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The underlying idea of the current exhibition is com­mendable––the problem was to find the artists to fit it. Dr. Thomas W. Leavitt expresses it this way: “(The) modern critical tendency of creating stylistic categories for artists can im­pair individual responses and cause the work of some very significant artists to be undervalued. The eight painters included here (Seymour Boardman, Charles Cajori, Al Held, Matsumi Kani­mitsu, June Lathrop, Knox Martin, John Opper, Richards Ruben) are neither new nor unknown, but their stature has not been generally recognized because they have not become identified with any of the currently publicized movements.”

Now there may very well be many painters, neither new nor unknown whose stature has suffered from the fact that they have been recalcitrant to categorization in critical terms, but one cannot be convinced by this ex­hibition that this is the

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