Art: America with a Lilt

When the trustees of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art started planning for a show of "Nineteen Living Americans" in 1929, one candidate among the artists gave them pause. Could Japanese-born Yasuo Kuniyoshi be considered an American? "I have worked and lived here since I was a boy," Kuniyoshi argued. "I am just as much American in my approach and thinking as the next fellow." He got into the show—and went on to win a reputation as a man who lived in the busiest and most bustling of nations and pictured it as a land of long and silent dreams (see color)....

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