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Group aesthetic

On the Wooster Group’s Hamlet, the Manhattan Theater Club’s The Receptionist, and Things We Want at the New Group.


Gallery chronicle

On Calder/Melotti: Lyrical Constructions at Barbara Mathes Gallery; Drawing in Space at Richard L. Feigen & Co.; Joel Shapiro: New Sculpture at PaceWildenstein; Mel Kendrick: Red Blocks at David Nolan Gallery; Willem de Kooning, Drawings: 1920s-1970s at Allan Stone Gallery & Jules Olitski: The Late Paintings, A Celebration at Knoedler & Company.

Exhibition note

On “Consuming Passion: Fragonard’s Allegories of Love“ at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Exhibition note

On “The Gates of Paradise: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Renaissance Masterpiece“ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


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New York chronicle

On Lorin Maazel’s Tchaikovsky festival, the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the pianist Ivan Moravec at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus at Lincoln Center, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall.

The media

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Verse chronicle

The world is too much with us

On The Biplane Houses by Les Murray, Gulf Music by Robert Pinsky, Expectation Days by Sandra McPherson, Littlefoot by Charles Wright, Waterlight: Selected Poems by Kathleen Jamie, and Time and Materials by Robert Hass.

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Castle adamant

On Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s & 30s and Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s & 40s by Edmund Wilson.

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Letters to the Editor