New York

“A Response To The Environment”

Rutgers University Art Gallery

It’s not that I want to arbitrarily label and categorize artists. In a sense, that’s my major objection to the pretense of the large group show “A Response to the Environment.” That it picks up on surface similarities among artists, tying diverse works together around a tenuous connection. That the theme becomes just an excuse for a show. And that instead of attempting to define or reveal a constant, the exhibit simply grasps a broad, vague term and amalgamates a hodge-podge of works which make some nodding reference to the chosen designation. A response to the environment. What does that mean? The organizers of the show have drawn the line at the natural, excluding completely reactions to urban life. A response to the natural environment then. Does response include any acknowledgment of nature? The whole landscape tradition perhaps? Or do the organizers have a more specific point of view?

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