Art: Free for All

There was lots of art in Manhattan's Grand Central Palace last week. Downstairs the interior decorators of the country disported themselves at the Fourth International Antique Show, an elegant assemblage of ancient furnishings tastefully set off in booths and attended by debutantes. Upstairs was the 16th showing of the Society of Independent Artists.

The Independents ("No Jury. No prizes.") were founded in 1916 by a group of able young artists — Robert Henri, John Sloan, George Bellows, Samuel Halpert — in revolt against the pontifical National Academy of Design. At that time...

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