Art: A Cozy Corner

"Well, it seems that it just had to be this way. I look for a gallery and you for an artist. . . . So we are set to go."

Thus wrote 56-year-old Papsdorf of Detroit to Manhattan's Perls Galleries in simple preamble to one of the most direct artist-dealer relationships on record. Last week, Perls opened Papsdorf's first Manhattan show, promptly sold seven Papsdorfs, began negotiating with collectors and museums over others.

Fred Papsdorf's painting is as unpretentious as his prose. He showed 27 canvases plainly close to his heart: My Father's Writing Table, Abie's Old Home, Weeds, Hills of Ohio....

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