• Los Angeles

    Joseph Kosuth, at Gallery 669, in his quest to strip away from his art everything but the idea, has arrived at a series of dictionary definitions of the word NOTHING, executed (not by the artist) photographically, in black 4 by 4 foot panels with white lettering. A few doors away, at the Molly Barnes Gallery, is an exhibition of paintings by John Baldessari, who, in his way, is also interested in a strict elimination of “formal” esthetic encumbrances—as well as (in answer to Kosuth?) the idea: on one of his black-lettered-on-grey canvases is written, Everything is purged from this painting but

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