Art: Veiled in a Strong White Light

Some artists have long, honorable careers but are continually ignored. They are swamped by their colleagues' bow waves. Giorgio Cavallon's career has been of this submerged kind. He is now 73, having been born near Vicenza in northern Italy in 1904, and he was one of the first abstract painters in New York in the 1930s, when painting abstract seemed automatically to consign an artist to ridicule and obscurity. In the '60s some of Cavallon's contemporaries, such as Milton Resnick or Lee Krasner, long written down as minor or fringe figures in the...

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