Art: American Collector

One of the riskiest experiments an art patron can make is to set a course that keeps him right up with the advance guard; too often the most beckoning highway turns out to be a blind alley. But Collector Edward Root,* a retired college professor with a tidy inheritance to dispose of, is one U.S. art patron with faith in young painters, and especially young U.S. painters. At Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where 132 of Collector Root's pictures were on exhibit last week, art lovers got a chance to see how well he had followed the changing course of U.S....

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