San Francisco

Genevieve Edwards and more

Richmond Art Center

An astonishingly weak selection of 28 paintings. For some obscure reason a jury comprised of Elmer Bischoff, Paul Mills and Wally Hedrick rejected 388 of the 416 paintings and drawings submitted for this year’s annual, to come up with a show that resembles a high school annual more than the sophisticated work one has a right to expect from an area supporting some of the better known artists in the state.

Insecure jurors can create a minor scandal, and at the same time buy a cheap reputation for having ’’tough eyes” by this process of mass rejection. The West Coast has seen a rash of such jurying lately, and it is sad that this latest manifestation should bring embarrassment to Mr. Rudy Turk, the Center’s Director, who certainly has abetter shake coming to him. One wonders if (1) the jury system is no longer valid, (2) the annual competitions have outlived their usefulness excepting at local

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