Art: Hawk & Squawk

In Tacoma's Art League Gallery, a gaunt, bearded man stared hard at a Morris Graves watercolor called Hawk, then furiously snatched it from the wall and smashed the glass against a radiator. The gallery attendant ran out of her office just in time to see him tear the painting out of the shattered frame and deliberately rip it in two. "An absolutely shocking, disgusting fake," snapped the destroyer: Painter Morris Graves.

Graves was undeterred by the fact that the painting belonged to Collector Manfred Selig, a dry-goods merchant who has made a specialty...

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