Art: From Underground

For years Western ears have been alert to whispers that there is in Moscow and Leningrad a cultural underground where a few painters are furtively turning out forbidden abstractions and showing them clandestinely among themselves. Last week the first examples of this art, ten paintings by a necessarily anonymous Russian artist, were put on exhibition in Paris' Right Bank Galerie Daniel Cordier.

Gallery Owner Cordier's show was an odd outgrowth of last summer's Moscow Youth Festival. Traveling in Russia at the time of the festival, Cordier was approached by a French-speaking intermediary who gave him the paintings and volunteered the information that...

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