San Francisco

Tom Akawie

Palace of the Legion of Honor

These paintings were part of the last phase of a group of shows mounted in the San Francisco Museum of Art this summer. Now that the season has begun in earnest museum-goers will be subjected to a constant fare of package shows specially designed for provincial museums; and experimental work, at least as far as the museums are concerned, will go back underground. The California Palace of the Legion of Honor (whose policy has been traditionally ‘moderne’ rather than ‘modern’ or that even newer contemporaneity ‘modernist’) regularly shows working contemporaries month after month. Rumors (and even threats) indicate there is a move afoot to force each museum to do likewise or be closed! Such action is long overdue. The Legion’s present show is of the recent paintings of Tom Akawie. There is only one of his diagrammatic ground plans of cathedrals in the show. (Even after I had learned what they

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