Art: Philadelphia Honors

The annual exhibit of U.S. painting and sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia (founded 1805) is the oldest art show in the U.S. Nowadays, the academy also tries to make it one of the nation's most conscientiously representative. Philadelphia's method is to invite most of the country's established painters and sculptors to exhibit, then let juries sift the work of newcomers and the uninvited. Last week, after looking over 2,331 pieces of U.S. art and weeding them down to 442, the academy called in the public.

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