Art: Escape

The modern turn to painting has set some 300,000 U.S. citizens to learning the pure and harmless pleasures of the brush and easel. Last week 228 of them were discovering the prouder joys of exhibition. The winners of a nationwide contest sponsored by Art News magazine, they had had their works hung in Manhattan's Riverside Museum for all the world to gawk and snicker at.

Except for Idaho and South Dakota, every state in the Union had been represented in the contest. More than a quarter of the entrants were housewives; the rest ranged...

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