With science pretty much out of this world, and politics "in the realm of surrealism and fantasy, doesn't modern art loom large as a most real and reasonable, concrete and most reputable human activity?" demanded U.S. Abstractionist Ad Reinhardt. No. 15 (opposite) is one of Reinhardt's more seeable creations: usually his colors merge and vibrate so elusively as to cause eyestrain. The 9-ft.-high canvas is also a standout exhibit at what may be the most provocative art show now hanging: "Acquisitions 1957-58" at the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo.

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