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Pol Bury

University Art Museum, Berkeley and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

We have had an interrupted show of kinetic sculpture and other works by the Belgian artist Pol Bury. Organized by the University Art Museum in Berkeley and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the show has been scheduled to open at the former institution, cross the country over a period of a year, and close at the latter. Its opening in Berkeley took place just before Richard Nixon’s Cambodian adventure. In the confusion and hysteria that followed the invasion, the Bury show was withdrawn in favor of a show of student protest posters and then, without announcement, reopened.

It was a nice show, and it was nice to have it, even intermittently. Probably the most familiar of Bury’s work is the slowly moving sculpture of which a French writer has said, “This doesn’t sound exciting, when you read about it, but to see it, it is as terrifying as a tale by Edgar Allan Poe.” Which is a most

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