Art: Stamp Act

The usually traditional U.S. Post Office Department last week recognized the existence of contemporary art. To Uruguayan-born Artist Antonio Frasconi. 44. went the department's $500 prize for his winning entry in a contest to pick a stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences. Other nations prize art on stamps; Mexico has for decades used striking and sometimes beautiful work. But only with Postmaster General J. Edward Day has the U.S. strayed so radically from the more usual practice of using the department's own generally competent,...