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Ten Young Artists: Theodoron Awards 1971

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York

The Theodoron Award are purchase awards (now in their second year) made to young artists on the advice of a committee of the Guggenheim curators. Since all of the artists in the present exhibition were born in the decade of the 1940s and many are just out of art school, the likelihood of their striking new notes—granting the modernist idiom that they choose to work in to begin with—is unlikely. They begin where all contemporary artists of interest begin, in the inherited syntax of the immediately preceding vanguard. This includes, for example, color abstraction, post-Minimalism, and reductivist modes. To these well-occupied options the ten young artists in question—Power Boothe, Ron Cooper, Billy Bryant Copley, Mary Corse, Guy Dill, Andrew Gerndt, Harriet Korman, Dona Nelson, Michael Singer, and George Trakas—range from a perfunctorily academic examination, especially among the painters,

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