Art: Why There Is Why

Holding the first of what it calls Twilight Previews (6 to 8 p.m.), Manhattan's streamlined Museum of Modern Art last week devoted two-thirds of its largest gallery space to Painter Pavel Tchelitchew. The 214 exhibits, hung against a color scheme (each wall a different shade) devised by the artist, formed the biggest retrospective Tchelitchew show ever assembled. The remaining rooms displayed 43 carvings, 25 drawings by American Sculptor John B. Flannagan, who died by suicide last January.

This monumental exhibition represented 17 years of Painter Tchelitchew's work. Chief target of ahs and bahs...

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