ART: EMBEDDED IN NATURE

ARTHUR DOVE, A PIONEERING U.S. MODERNIST, TOOK HIS ABSTRACT FORMS FROM ROCKS, TREES, SEA AND SUN

If there was ever an artist in the American grain, it was Arthur Dove (1880-1946), with his obstinate home-made lyricism, his complete authenticity and his desire to be modern on local--not Euro-imitative--terms. In the beautiful Dove retrospective now at the Phillips Collection in Washington--which will move on to New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art in January--one sees all this and more. It has been a long time since the last museum survey of Dove's work, and Debra Bricker Balken, who curated this one, has done an exceptional artist full justice. And of course the Phillips Collection is the right...

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