Art: The Loft-Waif

Getting up-to-date puts a strain on that slightly oldfangled institution, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, and the strain shows like a taut cable in its 28th Biennial Exhibition. The manner of hanging the show is selfconscious: all the stripes in one room, all the figures in another, all the old auto parts and welded scrap metal in a third. The 145 paintings, chosen from among more than 4,000 submitted as colored slides, display a comic propensity for dated titles: November 25th, July III, 23 September 1959, July 20, '61, Between March...

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