Painting: What's Art, Pop?

"By viewing nature, nature's handmaid, art, makes mighty things from small beginning grow," wrote Dryden. In the Manhattan cabaret called Second City, Satirist Severn Darden, posing as a mad Germanic art professor, explains in effect what the poet meant.

"Imagine a painter wants to paint a rather simple, ordinary landscape, say some cherry trees in blossom with leaves and grass and sky and a couple of little clouds and, to balance the sky, maybe a basketball court, and playing on the court are several nuns and one of the nuns is wearing an ape suit with long red fur and...

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