Art: Optimistic Realist

Aaron Bohrod is a shy, blond, hardworking Chicagoan. Whether he will rank as a major U. S. artist 20 years from now is anybody's guess. Undoubtedly his brush points in that direction. At 31, he has won two Guggenheim fellowships and eight art prizes. Thanks to the latest, a $200 honorable mention at the Carnegie International (TIME, Oct. 30), he went by day coach to Manhattan last week, saw a one-man show of his open at the Associated American Artists' Galleries.

Bohrod is a naive realist whose paintings are mostly of common scenes around Chicago. In greens, reds, blues that are raw...

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