Art: What's Your Work?

Like many another self-made man, Milan Industrialist Giuseppe Verzocchi, 63, believes in hard work. As Italy's leading brickmaker, he also believes in bricks. Last year, barrel-shaped Giuseppe Verzocchi persuaded 72 of Italy's leading contemporary artists to paint pictures that 1) celebrated the virtues of work and 2) included, somewhere on the canvas, at least one brick. In exchange, he guaranteed them 100,000 lire ($160) apiece and the promise of a public showing,*

Last week, in the Napoleonic wing of Venice's Royal Palace, the results were on exhibit. The artists' ideas of work ranged from lace-making and bookkeeping to coal-heaving, and...

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