Exhibitions: International in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh International Exhibition, held at the Carnegie Institute every three years, is one of the three best-known international art competitions in the world, together with the Venice and São Paulo biennials. It is also the most hard pressed. While the other two are under government sponsorship and invite nations to submit and finance their individual exhibits, the Pittsburgh exhibition, founded in 1896 by Andrew Carnegie, is backed almost entirely by a few private donors, principally the Mellon family.

Time was when the Carnegie International was handsomely equipped to scour the world and bring the finest in contemporary art to...

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