MODERN LIVING: Art by the Numbers

Max Klein is a 36-year-old Detroiter who wears flashy sports jackets and sharp shoes, and uses the gee-whiz vocabulary of Henry Aldrich. He has also become rich (two Cadillacs, a 32-ft. Chris-Craft and a private plane) by inducing thousands of Americans without skill or talent to take up oil painting. Klein, a graduate chemist, got his training as a patron of the arts by running a garage and working at General Motors, where he bossed 40 men ironing out production bugs for G.M.'s subcontractors. But he longed for something more creative. Recalls Klein: "Gee whiz, it got terrible being...

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