The Atrocity Exhibition

Have you heard the bad news?

Subtleties abound here — note how green fragments of a printed topographical map in 1945's View From a High Tower presage the sophistication of 1951's 9th Street Exhibition, in which highlights along the upper edges of stacked paper discs drift imperceptibly into shadow along the bottom.

Ezekiel 6:3: "I will bring a sword upon you, and destroy your high places."
Mack/Archive of Modern Conflict
Ezekiel 6:3: "I will bring a sword upon you, and destroy your high places."

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Holy Bible
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Mack / Archive of Modern Conflict
768 pages, $80.00

If you thought you knew Motherwell through the black eminences of his mature "Elegy" paintings or the still surprising élan of his late "Open" canvases, this sterling survey will be a revelation: a youth unabashedly in search of earthy elegance.

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