Art: Stix Pix

The Artists' Gallery was celebrating its 15th anniversary with a show of 96 happy alumni. Almost half of them, e.g., Josef Albers, Ad Reinhardt, Adolph Gottlieb, have graduated to commercial galleries which charge commissions and push the same painters year after year. The Artists' Gallery does neither. A nonprofit outfit, it measures success only by the number of worthwhile new artists to whom it gives a start. By that measurement, it is one of Manhattan's most successful.

The gallery is the brainchild of an energetic idealist named Hugh Stix, who divides his work week between it and the grocery business. Stix's self-appointed...

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