Exhibitions: The Politics of Feeling

In the 1930s, social protest was second nature to the politically conscious artist. In the 1960s, instead of editorializing in melodramatic imagery, the artist is apt to employ the more oblique weapons of abstract parody and wit. His sentiments are no less angry on that account—as could be seen last week in Chicago. At the Feigen Gallery, 47 artists displayed acid valentines to Mayor Richard J. Daley, 21 of them composed especially for the show.

Two angry men were responsible for the exhibit: Chicago Art Dealer Richard Feigen, a Democrat who found himself shoved into the aisle during the convention...