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Barnett Newman

Knoedler And Co.

The show of work done by Barnett Newman between 1960 and the present was a great disappointment, and there are still other reasons why it is not an interesting show to review. The principal one is that the issues it raises have been settled for some time. It is not important to ask, for example, why a painter who paints this kind of picture, and who has in the past shown himself to be so very sensitive about the respect paid to his work, should allow his paintings to be hung on brown velvet walls, as half of them are, and under uneven lighting, as most of them are. One can suppose it is because velvet is velvet, whatever the color, but to say that the creative avant-garde has allied itself to that extent with the Money Establishment is not news in New York and has not been for over a decade. My only reason for voicing the surmise now is that it might be relevant to the decline in the

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