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The seemingly unlimited capabilities of the wizards of polymer chemistry to synthesize molecules not found in nature, and thus to create substances not only displaying unique properties, but often fusing, in strange, startling and hitherto impossible and uncontemplated combinations, properties once thought exclusively and inimitably special to certain types of animal, mineral or vegetable substances and by-products—is producing not only for industry but for today’s artists, an apparently inexhaustible variety of highly versatile materials. Popularly designated as plastics, their potentialities as art media (other than as new paints and specialized pigmentation vehicles on the one hand, or as synthetic simulations of traditional ceramic clays and patinas on the other) have only begun to be explored.

At the Hansen Gallery last month a show promisingly titled Recent Developments Developments

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