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Joseph Raffael, William Allan and Charles Gill

The Berkeley Gallery

The approach of autumn found the local galleries one by one either reopening or again initiating formal exhibition schedules after bridging the summer months with casually rotating group shows made up usually of items left in storage from the previous year’s feature presentations of stable artists. The Berkeley Gallery’s 1967–68 season slumped to a close with two successive shows which were perhaps an all-time low for this gallery: photo-collages by Joseph Raffael and “boxes” by William Allan. Both shows were tediously overextensive and reiterative.

The Raffael photo-collages explored without imagination or individuality those devices of Surrealistic charade so obvious to the photo-collage idiom (but which can be nonetheless fresh, innovative, poignant and powerful in the work, say, of Jess Collins to whom Raffael is obviously indebted.) Jess’s conventions turned into Raffael clichés are

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