San Francisco

San Francisco

The San Francisco Museum has had two large group shows this summer. The western regional exhibition of the Mead Corporation’s “Art Across America,” and the Art Institute’s 84th Annual were both juried by professional taste-makers from various museums, several of whom have identified themselves with the newest idioms. Since this was widely known in the art world, many established or well-known artists did not submit work this year. The shows were bright, colorful, youthful and full of invention. The Mead show included fourteen artists who were also in the Annual; that the count was actually that small only became apparent on a tally of the names; the shows looked very similar. The Annual was much larger and contained sculpture whereas the Mead show was limited to wall hung pieces. Some of the sculpture was quite large. Since the difference between sculpture and painting grows less important

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