Art: Whitney, 1952

The big painting annual at Manhattan's Whitney Museum of American Art is one show the critics always study in hopes of spotting a new trend. At the 1952 show, on view last week, the trend spotters needed microscopes to find any changes.

All told, 154 artists from 24 states were represented, and most of them seemed to be doing just what they have been doing ever since the war: abstract paintings in all sizes, shapes and colors. The work bore such titles as Sleeper No. 2, Third Theme, 47, Vibration and Rapt at Rappaport's. The color patterns varied from shades of Tabasco...

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