Art: Katherine & Saidie

At the dignified, Romanesque doorway of the Yale University Art Gallery last fortnight arrived 450 strange-looking canvases, ranging from geometric abstractions to fantastic Dadaist scrawls: the second largest private collection of 20th-Century art in the U.S.* To hang of all 450 pictures, the Yale Art Gallery would have to build an extra wing. But meanwhile, Yale's gallery director, Theodore Sizer, planned to show the public as much as he could.

This hoard of modern art came from the rambling West Redding, Conn. farm house of a 64-year-old spinster named Katherine S. Dreier who has...

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