Art: Proletarian Gloom

"A more depressing and discouraging exhibit than the 46th annual American Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture which opens today in the Art Institute has rarely been staged in Chicago. ... If this is American art, let us scrap it and start over."—Eleanor Jewett in the Chicago Tribune.

"A desperate sense of humor, clutching at whatever pleasing it could find in the sullen array of 'social protest' and of drab 'American scene,' seems to have actuated the prize-awarding jurors. . . . The present show is largely invited and presumably is a carefully considered...

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