To mark the publication of Ann Lee Morgan’s Arthur Dove: Life and Work, With a Catalogue Raisonné,[1] three New York galleries—Dintenfass, Mathes, and Salander-O’Reilly—recently joined in mounting what was described as “an overall view” of Dove’s paintings, watercolors, drawings, and collages.[2] It is welcome news that at long last— nearly forty years after his death—we have been given a catalogue raisonné of the work of this distinguished American painter. Unfortunately, the publication itself is no masterpiece. Its design is pedestrian, its paper and printing are just barely respectable, and its prose is of that academic, lackluster variety which is guaranteed to discourage the interest of all but professional...


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