Art: Breakthroughs

Modern painters are apt to spend unconscionable hours in the market place, just to see what is brewing in other ivory towers. "Anything new?" they cry, and under their breaths many add: "Whatever it is, I'll run right back to my studio and try it."

Manhattan's art market last week offered little food to such hungry-eyed faddists. Instead, the standout shows pointed up the advantage of hewing to a straight and narrow path. Two young but conservative U.S. painters, Andrew Wyeth and Jack Levine, were staging exhibitions bound to enhance their already strong reputations....

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