Awards: Cool at the Corcoran

Every other year, Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art has a large show of contemporary American paintings, valiantly tries to name the four best. For this year's show, the Corcoran invited 21 artists to submit their work; it selected 21 more entrants via open competition. The winners, picked by three top museum directors, were all cool, imageless (no pop), and all by invitees.

>First prize: Jules Olitski. 44, for his lightly brushed, veil-like Pink Alert. >Second prize: Paul Jenkins, 44, for a cloudlike abstraction, Astral Signal. > Third prize: John McLaughlin, 68, California abstractionist, for No. 14. >Fourth prize:...

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