Art: ARTHUR CARLES: A Success of Failure

MANY a favorite of yesteryear drops quietly from sight. More exciting are the rare instances of painters whom time mellows and improves. Such a one was Philadelphia Painter Arthur Carles, whose reputation for a while seemed to gutter and go out. Now, with a chance to review his lifetime's production at an exhibition of paintings at Manhattan's Graham galleries, critics have been shocked into recognizing Carles as one of the unsung ancestors of today's abstract painting.

Although no amount of post-mortem analysis can altogether remove the aura of a grand failure from Carles's work,...

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