Arts: A Collector

Newest of Russian cynosures is David Burliuk, exhibiting with other refugees from Sovietland at the Art Center, Manhattan. The eye was taken not simply by Burliuk's canvasses (modern transcriptions of Japan, where he lived for two years), but rather by Burliuk proper.

He is easily the world's greatest waistcoat collector. He had 110 in Russia before the revolution. The cataclysm reduced him to 25— ravishing rainbows, hollyhocks, birds of paradise blindingly embroidered. He will never give them up, " even if the Bolsheviki reach New York."


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