Art: Politico-Esthetics

Last week St. Louis' celebrated Egyptian Cat Case (TIME, Aug. 22), a row fiddled up by local newspapers over the City Art Museum's expensive purchase of an Egyptian bronze, came to an end when the city Board of Aldermen voted 25-to-3 not to interfere with the museum or its funds.

More than a routine teapot tempest, this controversy stirred art professionals in the U. S. to weighty social thoughts, produced such ringing cries as that of Editor Alfred Frankfurter in Art News: "There is involved here a principle which far transcends the museum...

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