Sampling American art at the close of a turbulent century is an irresistible but risky undertaking. A decade from now, will the fourteen artists chosen for "American Kaleidoscope" still seem relevant as guides to our concerns at the end of this period that early optimists called the "American Century"? How could any selection of artists adequately mirror this restlessly mobile, constantly splintering society in the midst . . .

Elizabeth Broun
Smithsonian American Art Museum