Art: In the Corn, Not Much

German art has not yet recovered from Hitler's Third Reich. The fourth annual exhibition at Munich's "Corn Palace"† last week told the story. There were 974 exhibits by 387 artists (mostly living in Bavaria). But in all the confusion of forms and styles, the only common purpose seemed to be a preoccupation with picking up right where they left off before the Nazis destroyed their paintings.

The most obvious links to the past were provided by such oldtimers as Karl Hofer, 74, dean of the German expressionists, still painting his slab-faced people. The abstractionists and surrealists showed more vigor and inventiveness, but...

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