A common way for an art gallery to make a splash is to put on a "subject exhibition." These range from stunt shows which purists deplore (e.g., "Great Rivers in Art" or "Paintings of Pigs") to loftier surveyals of important art forms. In the lofty class this week Manhattan's rich M. Knoedler & Co. presented "Classics of the Nude"—31 pictures from Pollaiuolo to Picasso. This was a good idea. The linear play and complex modeling of the human body, the textures, transparencies and color subtleties of the skin, have made nude painting...

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