Art: War In the Corn

One fertile undulating corner of Nebraska last week produced a bumper crop of artistic excitement. David City and Shelby —18 miles apart—were each sporting a one-man painting exhibition by a native son. Both shows, first ever staged in these Nebraska towns, were smash hits. They were also too coincidental for comfort. Almost before the ink was dry on the invitations, Shelbyans and David Cityans were hopping mad at each other. There was even talk of letting the artists settle their differences with pitchforks.

Lampooner & Landscaper. Shelby's painter was Terence Duren, frail, 40,...

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