Art: N.A.W.A.'s 52nd

Last week in Manhattan an art organization founded by rebels held one of the most conservative shows of the season. The occasion: the 52nd annual exhibition of the National Association of Women Artists. On view in spacious 57th Street galleries were art forms ranging from garden sculpture to decorative embroidery, woodcut print to oil painting. Most popular subjects: flowers, children, landscape views, sculptured nudes.

In 1889, when N.A.W.A. was founded, it was next to impossible for a woman artist to get her work professionally exhibited. Last week most of the 288 exhibitors no longer needed the props of cooperative feminism which drew...

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