Art: Art Traps

Manhattan's grand, grey Metropolitan Museum used to amuse expatriate Henry James as the "so aspiring" museum of his native city. Nursed by the great fortunes and public pride of Astors, Vanderbilts, Morgans and Rockefellers, its aspirations to own ancient and Old World art have been well satisfied in the last half century. Lately the Metropolitan has turned to art at home, and since 1934 has actually bought 73 contemporary U. S. paintings. Last week, with positive enthusiasm, it performed another service to U. S. art.

Hung in nine lofty galleries were 290 paintings, beginning...

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