Art: Art Comes to Palm Beach

One of the biggest, heaviest pieces of sculpture on sale in the U.S. last week was bought by a museum with a name so new that no one seemed to know it. The Norton Gallery and School of Art in West Palm Beach (Fla.) paid $10,000 for the yellow, 1,000-pound Youth, by William Zorach. The man who signed the check, and who has signed all the checks so far for Florida's newest palace of culture, was a spare, 65-year-old, fiddle-playing Chicago tycoon (Acme Steel), Ralph H. Norton.

It was Ralph Norton who decided that what West Palm Beach needed was...

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