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“Six Formalists”

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Two shows of local artists gave indication this spring of both the degree of activity and of the quality of work being done here. The group of artists known as PAC, which is an outgrowth of the old Phalanx group, has as its aim, exhibitions. A storefront on Halsted, like many of those used by painters for studio space, has been painted and lighted, and has become a cooperative gallery. The “Six Formalists” show was good in spite of the misleading title.

Only the group of small paintings by John Cannon, in black and white, had any legitimate claim to the “Formalist” title. This young artist has for several years followed a direction which is cool and detached and very restricted. His larger and best works were not included nor was any of his recent sculpture which is based on projections of his paintings into space.

Roland Ginzel’s recent paintings presage a new direction for this artist.

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