New York

“New Work on Paper 2”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

“New Work on Paper 2” is the second in the Museum of Modern Art’s series of exhibitions designed to investigate emerging trends in recent drawings. As a whole the series is an exemplary endeavor, permitting, through its small number of artists, a precision of focus impossible in large surveys and allowing, in the same manner, an experimental or exploratory thrust alien to the blockbuster show, which has tended to dominate the Modern’s programs. In general it fails, through the desire (evident in the expansion of the “drawing” denomination to include all works on paper) to show that drawing can encompass just about anything. Three things seem to be afoot in this particular exhibition. One is to show the extension of drawing on the level of scale and materials “. . . from the small sheet of paper into series, into large sheets of paper, onto canvas, into environmental scale and into three

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