Washington Scene

It’s hard to believe that the sleepy Southern town that was Washington, D.C., before the Kennedys sparked a cultural renaissance has emerged during the styleless LBJ era with a certain style of its own. Not the least of the new stylishness is the small but definitely percolating art scene. The scene had its start in the fifties when Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland both lived and worked in the Capital and Clement Greenberg was a frequent visitor. Things began to happen with Alice Denny’s brief tenure at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, where she scheduled one of the first Pop art shows in the country. The energy of the indefatigable Mrs. Denny, whose enthusiasm for New York art led her to arrange several avant-garde dance and Happening festivals in Washington, has been an important factor in getting a local scene going.

With the example of Louis and Noland, who taught the principles of

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