Art: Best Show in Town

Once, when asked by a visitor to recommend the "best show in town," a New Yorker would automatically suggest My Fair Lady or Naughty Marietta or the Statue of Liberty, or some girl like that. Today, the most eye-filling show in town —free and continuous—takes place in art galleries (see color on following four pages) that begin on Tenth Street, line 57th Street and sweep up the East Side, mostly along Madison Avenue, to the high 80s.

The proliferation is a recent development in the city's history, having mostly been started since World War...

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