Art: Death on the Wall

California's Frederick Wight has nothing against abstract art, except when it is used to express abstract ideas. Abstractions of abstractions, he believes, can only lead to pictures like Malevich's notorious White on White at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art. That canvas a white patch on a white patch, might be said to express the idea of purity except that it is too thin and bare to carry the weight of the idea; most people think it must be a joke. Wight's own paintings on show this week at the Pasadena Art Museum, get no...

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