Art: Emotion from Java

One of the hardest things for a new artist to do these days is convince Europe's jaundiced critics that his style is 1) new, and 2) worth having. A modest 42-year-old Javanese painter named Affandi can qualify on both counts. He has never taken a formal art lesson in his life, but after his first big exhibit in London six months ago, the New Statesman's John Berger flatly called him "a painter of genius." Last week, at Brussels' Palais des Beaux-Arts, the critics got another glimpse of Affandi and he still looked very good....