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Young American Artists: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition

Young American Artists: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition

Linda Shearer
Published in 1978
72 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover, 7.50 x 8.50 inches

Published on the occasion of the first installment of the museum's exhibition and acquisition series, the Exxon Nationals and Internationals, this catalogue highlights thirteen emerging American artists. Linda Shearer, curator of the exhibition, discusses the art of the 1970s within her essay, exploring the common themes found in the work of the artists chosen for the 1978 Exxon National Exhibition. Following her essay, sections of documentation for each artist include an interview conducted by Shearer, illustrations in color and black and white, biographical information, an exhibition history, and a checklist.


Artists are no longer highly visible; they have withdrawn from the public eye and turned back into themselves, becoming more and more involved with personalizing their expression. The expressive, deeply personal components of their work have assumed greater significance in relation to the more formal elements. Their critical faculties seem attuned to what does not ring true emotionally. Thus, in order to better understand today's art we must learn how each artist sees himself and tries to fulfill his own sense of identity.

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