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World-Class Art

Thomas Hoving Picks a Collection of American Artists Who May Be the Picassos and Monets of the 21st Century
Thomas Hoving
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Jack Nicholson, Summer 95

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Millie Wilson. Using the oddest materials, this artist is becoming justifiably famous for her arresting visions of mankind. Some of her work sets our imaginations to running double-time, such as her striking image entitled, "Daytona Death Angel," 1994, (not pictured) made of synthetic hair, wood and chrome. Jose Freire Fine Art, 130 Prince Street, New York, New York 10012, phone (212) 941-8611, fax (212) 941-7232

Chris Finley. The artist's sculptures--or installations--appear on the surface to be pure witticisms--amusing assemblies of mundane objects such as white metal kitchen stools, pet bowls, take-out food containers. But with the passage of time the pieces somehow transform themselves into architectural enterprises of far greater beauty and significance than those in some of the most renowned cities of the world. Acme Gallery, 1800-B Berkeley Street, Santa Monica, California 90404, fax (310) 264-5820

Will the reputations of all these artists burgeon? Live forever? And in two generations will they be preeminent in art history? Will their works increase in value ten times, a hundred times?


But you must know what Alfred Barr would always say: If one out of 10 lasted a generation, he felt he had chosen particularly well.

Thomas Hoving is former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and former editor-in-chief of Connoisseur magazine.

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