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“Synchronism and Related American Color Painting”

San Francisco Museum of Art

The summer season at the San Francisco Museum of Art was, for the most part, given over to a slow procession of limited-itinerary touring exhibitions originating elsewhere. An exhibition entitled “Synchronism and Related American Color Painting,” currently circulated by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and seen here as a corridor show during June and July, was an historical footnote, as it were, isolating for scrutiny a minuscule and fleeting ripple in the main wave of Cubist influence on early 20th-century American painting.

William C. Agee’s informative and well-illustrated catalog for a somewhat more extensive survey of the same particularized field, organized by M. Knoedler & Co. of New York and held at Knoedler’s 57th Street showrooms in 1965, was made available as a most welcome annotative supplement to this recently circulating smaller display of Synchromist paintings, most if

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