Art: Worst

To the annual exhibition of the Art League of Springfield, Mass., a local, conservative painter named Henry J. P. Billings* sent a strangely affecting picture, Opus No. 1. It was accepted. Artist Billings promptly got some publicity by resigning from the League. His explanation: Opus No. 1 was the result of a deliberate attempt to paint the worst picture, in drawing, design, color and technique, that his ingenuity could devise. "Juries," said Joker Billings, "should be selected who have background enough to distinguish good from bad in modern art."

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