Art: Manhattan Menu

Manhattan's galleries and museums were offering something for every taste, and in Thanksgiving-size servings.

For the cultural trendspotters, the big attraction was the Whitney Museum's Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting—a serious effort to cull the best 150 U.S. pictures of the year. If the Whitney is right, it was a great year for introspective tube-squeezing and brush-squiggling. Typical example of the nonobjective work that dominated the show: William Baziotes' Phantasm, with weird blues, greens and mauves melting across the canvas like sherbet on warm linoleum.

The Museum of Modern Art's big fall...

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