Art: The Tyranny of the Abstract

In art stores and schools all over New York City last week, a manifesto turned up calling for a DEMONSTRATION. It was signed by two relatively unknown representational painters who were fed up with what seemed to them to be the Museum of Modern Art's lopsided patronage of the abstract, the sensational, and even the absurd. The museum, said the document, "has developed the public image of the painter as a madly inspired child, rather than an adult human being."

The DEMONSTRATION turned out to be some 30 angry young pickets, who showed...

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