Art: Out of the Fog

Is modern art, considered as a whole, a good or a bad development?

A lot of irritated, puzzled or just curious people would like to know the answer. So would the editors of LIFE. They invited 15 critics and connoisseurs to a "round table" to discuss the whole baffling subject. Among them were conservatives like New York's Metropolitan Museum Director Francis Henry Taylor and such ardent defenders of the new faith as James Johnson Sweeney and Columbia's able Professor Meyer Schapiro. After two days' discussion, the fog was thick, but an island of agreement seemed to loom in it. Last week LIFE...

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