Art: Hiler Hits Out

One of the Pacific Coast's most striking artists got blackballed last fortnight by the streamlined and businesslike Los Angeles County Museum. He promptly raised a willywaw, of the sort that gets pictures talked about. The man who raised the rumpus is Hilaire Hiler, whose great sleek murals of subsea fauna and the oceanic origins of life are a feature of San Francisco's handsome public bathing pavilion in Aquatic Park (TIME, Feb. 6, 1939).

Hiler had submitted vivid canvases of a nautilus, a purple flower and an iceberg to the Los Angeles Museum's fourth...

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