Art: Pop!

Manhattan's art season got under way with a loud pop this week. The annual Pepsi-Cola show had come to town.

This year's marriage of soft drink and oils was as rich and elegant as ever; the beaming groom gave the blushing bride $25,750 worth of prizes and "art fellowships." Served up in Manhattan's stuffy National Academy of Design, "Paintings of the Year" (267 of the 5,034 entries) was a better show than its two Pepsi-Cola predecessors, but it was nevertheless a massive layer cake of second-rate work. On top lay a thin icing of...

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