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Paul Feeley

Guggenheim Museum

An exhibition of 49 paintings and a huge nine-piece sculpture court by Paul Feeley, who died in 1966, was organized by critic Gene Baro at the Guggenheim Museum, and included works dating from the last decade of the artist’s life. Since his death there has been a good deal of ballyhooing around and about the work of an artist whose modest and certainly not extraordinary talents do not seem commensurate with such attentions. Nor does one gather from the narrow ambitions of the paintings themselves that Feeley would have been party to such a fuss. The body of work exhibited is, in fact, notable for its singular lack of pretension—one never has the sense that Feeley aimed to overreach his own recognized limitations, and he often made positive use of these limits. It might be worthwhile to note that the impressively mounted red, white, and blue sculpture court—with its rippling columns made

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