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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

Brought to you by Christopher Rake


Sunday, June 02, 2002
6:52 PM

A PostWatch reader recommends Modern Art Notes, a blog (apparently quite new) that happens to include comment today on Washington Post critic Blake Gopnik and the evidently unfortunate development that longtime Postie Henry Allen is using one of his tricks:

A year or two into his term as the Washington Post art critic, Blake Gopnik has developed a trademark. In the middle of a review, he'll throw in a sensational, remarkable comment semi-related to the review, but then leave it there and never, ever return to it in the Post or anywhere else. In today's review of the upcoming Weston show at the Phillips Collection, Allen offers this: "Weston was very California. Is there such a thing as a California aesthetic?"

Then Allen, just like Gopnik always does, runs away from the sentence. Two notes: who edits this stuff? And if Allen isn't sure of the answer, he should go out to Pasadena, check out the current exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and report back.

Unfortunately, PostWatch wouldn't know a Calfornia aesthetic, or anyone else's, if it hit us over the head with a surfboard. But some of you folks probably would.

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