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1969 Annual Exhibition: Contemporary American Painting
Dec 16, 1969–Feb 1, 1970

The 1969 Annual Exhibition was curated by Robert Doty.

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“. . . a Whitney annual is necessarily something of a hodge-podge, and the only thing that can hold it together is consistent excellence from painting to painting, no matter what the paintings’ schools.” —The New York Times

“So much of [this exhibition] is so bad that it breaks your heart for American painting. It breaks your heart, too, for the Whitney, and you hardly know which is more to blame, the condition of painting at the moment, or the Whitney’s way of sizing it up.” —The New York Times



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

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