Art: Relief Work

Twenty-five years ago, the Manhattan drama season always seemed to open on Labor Day, with the late John Drew descending a grand staircase of the Empire Theatre in something by Arthur Wing Pinero. No such impressive starting gun has ever inspired the art world, but for the past two years a modest parallel has existed in the annual shows of Government-inspired art held in Manhattan early in September. At these exhibitions taxpayers are given some idea of what unemployed artists and others on WPA rolls are producing for their money.

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