New York

“Public Vision”

White Columns

Another group show spanning the sultry summer weeks, this selection of work by 12 women artists was organized by three of its members—Gretchen Bender, Nancy Dwyer, and Cindy Sherman. Their aim was to present a range of work that, though using the different media of painting, photography, and sculpture, shared a general approach and a public concern. They also wished (as expressed in a written statement) to group artists who, though having exhibited in a range of contexts, had never been placed together before. I take that to mean, placed together as women.

I find the title somewhat stronger than much of the work itself, which is frequently hesitant and (in certain cases) inappropriate to the theme. “Public Vision” states a focus on external rather than private concerns—on interests that are collective and broad in scope, rather than individual or personal in reference. It suggests, as a

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