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20th-century art at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum here continues to acquire outstanding recent art, including examples by younger artists just coming into prominence, as well as paintings and sculpture by some of modernism's deceased and living masters. Just as important, it is putting these works on well-publicized display in a series of annual exhibitions. ``Selection Two,'' currently on view, consists of 64 paintings, watercolors, and drawings, and one piece of sculpture -- Anthony Caro's large ``Odalisque'' of 1984. Twenty-two artists are included, with a particular emphasis on Picasso, Bonnard, and de Kooning, each of whom is represented by several works. Paul Klee, however, steals the show by virtue of the 23 examples of his imaginative genius clustered together in one small gallery. All are among this artist's finest images -- even a very early and rigidly traditional rendering of a landscape is a gem -- and all come from the Klee collection given to the museum last year by Heinz Berggruen.

Particularly impressive among the paintings by younger artists are Mark Innerst's two tiny oils; Gregory Amenoff's stunning ``Hinterland''; Louisa Chase's ``Pink Cave''; and Steven Campbell's ``Eagles are Attracted to Disaster.''

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At the Metropolitan Museum through Sept. 2.

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