Art: Natural Language?

Pittsburgh's Carnegie International is one of the three great biennial shows (with Venice's and Sao Paulo's) that survey and measure contemporary art from all over the world. For the 39th Carnegie, which opened last week, the museum's new director, Gordon Washburn, chose 305 paintings from 24 nations. They make a generally lively show, but one that belies the

Carnegie's traditional claim of being a cross section of current trends. For Director Washburn is a partisan of abstract art, and some 200 of his selections are more rather than less abstract.

Washburn asserts, somewhat defiantly,...

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