Art: Pennsylvania Academy

If there is a norm in U. S. painting, it may best be studied at exhibitions of Manhattan's National Academy and Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Academy. These perennial shows are more famed for politeness than for pungency, for plethora than for power. There are always innumerable nice landscapes, portraits, still-lifes. Very few of them are incandescent with genius. Interest is in trends and tendencies rather than transcendent individuals. The last National Academy show was ponderously conventional (TIME, Dec. 17). At the 124th annual Pennsylvania Academy exhibition, opened last week, the advanced group was more...

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