Art: What Is?

Manhattan's abstract expressionists have a new forum in the shape of a magazine with a softly assertive title: It Is Editor and Publisher: Philip G. Pavia, a Greenwich Village sculptor blessed with a private income, who loads his $2 magazine with full-page reproductions, offers ample space to the artists to explain, defend and expand on their own efforts. After three issues and yards of prose. It Is seems to have proved that the painters are at least as confused about their work as the public is. Sample quotes:

¶ Philip Guston: "Only our surprise that the unforeseen was fated, allows the arbitrary...

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