Art: The Secretary as Critic

The State Department had spent $49,000 buying up U.S. modern paintings to show the world. By last week State's two traveling exhibitions had gotten as far as Haiti and Prague. That seemed about as far as they would go.

A congressman argued that the pictures would make people think that Americans are crazy. Secretary Marshall, who doesn't know much about art but knows what he doesn't like, made a hurried decision before he left for Moscow. His order: no more taxpayers' money for modern art. A committee of artists will decide whether the paintings should finish out the tour or be...

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