Art: New Side of Bacon

For more than two decades Artist Peggy Bacon has been impartially decapitating friend & foe with neat strokes of her pen, pastel and pencil. She has also illustrated children's books. Last week a huge retrospective exhibition of Baconiana at Manhattan's Associated American Artists Galleries gave gallery-goers a chance to see what her art added up to. Of 142 exhibits, covering the walls of four large rooms, Bacon-lovers saw 35 pastels (including twelve caricatures of men & women who nevertheless remain Miss Bacon's friends), 74 drypoints (including The Socialist Meeting and Backstairs Gossip), 13 etchings (including Colored Folks and Mad About Dancing),...