New York

Light: Object and Image

Whitney Museum of American Art

By now it should be clear that among the various artists working in light, several distinct attitudes have emerged, some in deep opposition to others. Had Mr. Robert Doty devoted a few moments of serious contemplation to these different approaches, the hideous embarrassment suffered by the Whitney Museum at the disastrous history of Light: Object and Image might have been avoided. Mr. Doty’s curious catalog notes that, “Because their work was so appropriate to this exhibition, both Douglas Wheeler and James Turrell were invited to participate. However, both later withdrew upon their own volition.” Evidently neither Turrell nor Wheeler found their work as appropriate to Mr. Doty’s context as he did, and it is unfortunate that Mr. Doty is compelled now, as he should have been earlier, to give some thought to the reasons. Similarly, one suspects that had Mr. Doty allowed himself to experience

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