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This volume is a collection of articles and talks spread over fifteen years. They are mostly, as the title itself suggests, round the focal changes as have taken place, or are still taking place in the art situation of our time and attempt to get it into a kind of perspective in their light. As each of these have been written for a different occasion certain points have been made over and over, though in the editing an effort has been made to avoid very obvious repetitions. By and large each of these is centered round a special area or problem or person and, is coming from an artist, they are part of his attempt to explain these to himself and at a second step to others. To this extent the author admits that they are personal of sorts and are limited by his susceptibilities and enthusiasms though he has tried to see things in as large a perspective as possible. As mentioned in one of the essays he is acutely aware that any such writing is bound to be conditioned by the questions current at the time it is written and its main value will be in how much clarity and depth it is able to bring to a particular situation and how valid its basic insights are.