Art: Ideas & Illuminations

Almost any original art invites and gets plenty of parody. But a poser for parodists is that rare kind of art which, while apparently too screwy to be endured, is too subtle to be burlesqued. In this class were two noteworthy exhibitions of paintings in Manhattan last week. Both were highly admired by artists and students familiar with modern art. Each provided exhilarating exercise for eyes trained on visual commonplaces. Because nine out of ten people want about as much exercise from painting as they want from a warm bath, neither artist...

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