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Allan Kaprow

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

The Pasadena Art Museum’s exhibition of work by Allan Kaprow from 1953 to ’63 will probably not be recalled by many as an especially spirited or provocative event. That it fails to generate lively curiosity, if not among local artists and amateurs at least for the larger public, has greater significance in this instance than it might ordinarily. Of all manners of artists, Kaprow is one whose presence alone should elicit immediate general interest. This, at any rate, might well be expected in the light of his style and reputation. The pervading apathy which attends the presentation is certainly no fault of the Museum, whose staff has gone to some pains to provide an atmosphere of unconstraint, a comprehensive catalog, and publicity.

Kaprow is less an artist than he is a phenomenon, in the sense that John Cage is not as much a musician as an innovator (or will be remembered as such long after

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