Art: Party-Line Painter

Renato Guttuso is one of Italy's most talented artists. He is also a member of the central committee of the Italian Communist Party. And like all creative artists who submit to the authority of the party, Guttuso has had plenty of trouble fitting his artistic conscience into the tight jacket of Red discipline. Last week Rome's Pincio Gallery was staging an exhibition of seven oils and 16 drawings which showed Guttuso's latest efforts to bring his art and politics into line.

The results were still not up to the colorful semi-abstractions he painted...