Art: Americans Abroad

U.S. painting did not seem to be making much of a hit abroad last week. At Venice's "Biennale," the U.S. pavilion (featuring the wild & woolly abstractions of Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock —TIME, June 12) was getting silent treatment from the critics. It was even worse in London, where a U.S. exhibition of "symbolic realists" (Paul Cadmus, Peter Blume, Walter Murch, Andrew Wyeth, et al.) was on; there the critics spoke up.

Wrote Critic Eric Newton: "These American pictures catch the eye in a flash, but they are empty." Said the Sunday Observer:...

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