Art: They Paint; You Recognize

In the previous reigning style of U.S. art, abstract expressionism, artists ventured so deeply into their own minds that what was considered to be art was what looked least like the external world. Some was fresh, some was fraud, some was Freud, and quite a lot of it was an artistic withdrawal syndrome, a turning away from the calamitous Depression that the social realism of the 1930s pitilessly explored, and from the war that followed. But the young abstract expressionists showing this year are few and—by comparison with such "Old Masters" as Pollock, Kline...

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