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1938 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting
Nov 2–Dec 11, 1938

View the full exhibition catalogue at the Internet Archive.

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“Of course there is about the usual amount of paint in evidence, but much of it might just as well have stayed in the tubes—a judgment that would be over severe, no doubt, were there no standards to be upheld . . .” —The New York Times

“[The exhibition] has significance beyond the limits of its actual artistic accomplishment for that part of the public which regards art as an experience that may intensify life, making it more profound and coherent.” —The North American Review



A 30-second online art project:
Ryan Kuo, Hateful Little Thing

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