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1956 Annual Exhibition: Sculpture, Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings
Nov 14, 1956–Jan 6, 1957

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“The mood of the Whitney show is decidedly more chastened than has been true of its recent annuals and it seems to this reviewer to present a higher percentage of ability than usual.” —The New York Times

“The sculpture section [. . .] in the Whitney show this year is smaller than usual and, this reviewer feels, less rewarding than in recent years. The paintings [. . .] as usual range from very realistic to wholly abstract with considerable of the latter edging over perilously close to sheer decorative use of color. The drawings are admirable.” —The New York Times


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

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