San Francisco

James Grant and William Wiley

Hansen Gallery

Transformation is replacing illusion in today’s art. The paraphernalia which seemed essential only a short time ago has been shelved. Perspective may survive, but it can stand a season’s rest. The actual thing is now bodied forth, when not in actual fact as sculpture in the mass, then as a cast or print of the actual object; not a picture but a replica is replacing the former illusionist’s magic reproduction.

During periods of experiment with new methods and materials the artist almost invariably abandons romantic expression and nostalgia, and the work becomes classical and formal. An exposition of method and form naturally replaces critical preoccupation with meaning, but such periods often parallel a general questioning of taboos and cultural habits, and represent the origins of a new wave, a re-beginning for the mainstream of the society, a reflection of the general spirit of change and

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