ART: GOLDEN OLDIES

AN OVERAMBITIOUS SURVEY OF THE CENTURY'S DISTINCTIVE MOVEMENT: ABSTRACTION

THE TROUBLE WITH THE SOLOmon R. Guggenheim Museum's much awaited show at its main venue in Manhattan, "Abstraction in the Twentieth Century: Total Risk, Freedom, Discipline," is that its subject is far too big. The task that curator Mark Rosenthal has taken on is roughly comparable to doing an anthology of, say, European and American fiction since 1910 in 300 printed pages. However much you might wish it could be done, it can't. The field is too vast. You end up with a sample here, a masterpiece there, an overschematic story and an infinity of regrets about the omission of things...

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