Art: Penitentiary Art

Art takes time. Convicts have lots of time. Last week in Clinton Prison at Dannemora, N. Y., and in the McAlester. Okla. Penitentiary, convicts had turned artist. At grey, feudal Clinton where in 1929 the inmates rioted (TIME, Aug. 5, 1929), Convict Peter J. Curtis, onetime Brooklyn sign painter, was holding art classes. From 9 to 10 a.m. he taught his colleagues lettering; from 10 to 11, figure composition; from 11 to 11:30, color mixing and color schemes; from 2 to 3 p.m., perspective, "style and individuality"; from 3 to 3:30, color harmony....

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