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Evolution (1946)


Evolution with Mushrooms, Bud, and Pineapple

1946  ink, colored pencil, and cut printed reproductions on paper  13 5/8 x 16 3/8 in

Peggy Guggenheim has assembled at Art of This Century work by five artists. John Goodwin paints cryptic hieroglyphics modified by an occasional reference to nature. Kenneth Scott, his expression more lyric, achieves fair color but poor form. Charles Seliger, the very young artist who exhibited here last year, offers more of his visceral, all-over designs in dark color, gloomy though shipshape. Dwight Ripley–linguist, poet, botanist, artist–has a group of expert, delicate color drawings.     –Edward Alden Jewell, The New York Times, December 6, 1946, 93.

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale

Dwight Ripley, Charles Seliger, David Hill and John Goodwin are young artists at the gallery of Art of This Century. Each exhibitor has something different and inventive to say for himself. Hill, at the same time, makes his statements perhaps most concisely and shows especially interesting powers of organization in the abstract manner. Ripley's "microscopic" observations also are of interest in evoking ideas of the biological world.      –Unidentified clipping from The New York Times found in Ripley's scrapbook.


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