Arts: Why

Most people regard most paintings with total apathy if they regard them at all. Most painters decry this inattention; some will even admit that in this day their art has become a weak one, fostered by artificial and injurious enthusiasms. Precisely why should it be less fun to look at paintings than to read books is a question for which there are many answers. Lee Simonson, able editor of Creative Art, suggested one last week. He wrote: "The modernity of the painter today reveals itself just as much in what he paints...

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