Art: Renaissance by Telecast

Television hopes to do for art what radio has done for music: bring masterpieces to millions who could not otherwise enjoy them. Last week, with a rush of appropriate sentiments, the first U. S. art telecast took place in Manhattan. Haled before an NBC "ike" was Artist Charles Sheeler, whose retrospective show had just opened at the Museum of Modern Art. Said he: "It may even be that television has brought us to the threshold of another Renaissance in the visual arts." Spectators were more skeptical, thought the flickering, televised images of Artist Sheeler's paintings looked like magic lantern slides. But...

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