Art: Pas de Deux

U.S. art has its fair share of angry satirists, men with the sharp eye to puncture pomposity and the meat-ax strokes to level hypocrisy. Manhattan-born Painter Mitchell Siporin, 47, chairman of the fine arts department at Brandeis University, is something rarer—a skilled craftsman who can combine wit with the feeling, technique and imagery of true satirical art. His luminous, thought-provoking watercolor, gouache and crayon imaginary portraits on view this week at the Downtown Gallery make a sprightly contribution to Manhattan's fall season.

Poet & President. Painter Siporin earned his professional spurs with the...

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