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Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Art in focus: ‘Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon’ makes invisible art-world connections visible at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery

In the art world, like everywhere else, it’s all about who you know. Using photogrpahs, letters, artworks and other material, the Archives of American Art makes visible the often invisible connections that link people together, mounting a clever little exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery that reminds us that social networks are nothing new.

Called “Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon,” the show uses the obscure artist and illustrator as its version of actor Kevin Bacon, the tongue-in-cheek nexus of the Hollywood trivia game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” Peggy’s connection to such figures as Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock forms the show’s spine, but the real subtext is: It’s a small, small world.

Read my review of the show, and check out a selection of images in the gallery at the top of this post.

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