Art: Bransgrove Blasted

It is the scornful, if inaccurate, sniff of young modernists that in its 108 years the National Academy of Design has never produced a first-rate work of art. Neither, for that matter, has it ever produced a first-rate scandal. But last week it came dangerously close to it. Boiling with suppressed excitement, President Jonas Lie summoned newshawks to his studio, fed them cheese snaps & Scotch whiskey, and announced that for the first time in its existence the Academy had just expelled a member, "for conduct considered prejudicial to the Academy."

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