Unusual publicity attends the publication of this book-unusual that is for a book of this kind,- articles in the February Atlantic Monthly and the February 21st issue of Life. Further- and really more significant -- will be the successive bookings of the exhibition for which this serves as a de luxe catalogue. With an introduction sketching the period in American art which culminates in those artists, and with reproductions of the 50 paintings comprising the exhibition, 12 of them in full color, this is a concise analysis of the movements and trends of American art in our century. The Institution of Contemporary Art and collaborating museums have assembled this exhibit, representing their choice of contemporary artists. Even to those to whom modern art seems difficult to understand and appreciate, the excellent introduction will give background information on the changes that have taken place. The persistence of the romantic period, even up to today- the change in selection of subject matter, the shift from illustration to painting as an independent art, not a journalistic one, the protest groups which warred on the academic, the development of form and projection of emotion in the abstract, the effect of European influence- all are briefly noted. Then with Stieglitz as their champion and two museums where moderns could show, the artists found outlets-followed by further support in the Federal Arts Project. Came the war- and a new emergence of abstract painting, and the development of artists as individualists. Fifty modern artists are represented here, with one page biographical and critical notes. A brilliant piece of editorship. The finished book (2/21) will be cloth bound, with a jacket reproduction of Hartley's Fox Island, Maine.