Art: Chicago's 37

The ponderous, granite-grey Chicago Art Institute is harboring a surprise package: an exhibition billed as "Art of the United Nations." The show has nothing whatever to do with the war or with international good neighborliness. Behind the cosmic billing is a carefully selected, beautifully presented variety showing of old (2200 B.C.) and new (1943) paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics—37 timeless works of art from 37 nations. It took a solid year of planning, promoting, wangling* to round up this multimillion dollars' worth of fine art, mostly from U.S. collections. Some of the best items:

¶ Flemish Pieter Breughel the Elder's riotous, sexy The...

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