Art: Lesson in Democracy

Omitted at first from the purple patches and golden numbers of New York World's Fair publicity was any mention of contemporary art. Outraged artists last year made a stink about this, persuaded Fair President Grover Aloysius Whalen to make room for an art exhibition under the seasoned direction of the Federal Art Project's Holger Cahill (TIME, April 25). Since then a modest, good-looking building has gone up and U. S. artists and museum directors have gone ahead with a national competition to select 800 works of art.

In Manhattan's Empire State Building last week 5.000 paintings, sculptures and prints sent in by...

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