Art: Home Museums

Thoroughly discredited is the oldtime notion that fine works of art are the rightful property of an elite. But in the U. S. a good contemporary painting would still cost the average citizen half a year's income. A good painting by any one of the famous dead is as far out of his reach as the planet Jupiter. Museums own these things, and most museums try to attract people in to see them. Nothing, however, beats a museum for making the average man uncomfortable on Sunday afternoon.

Public pulse-takers are, nevertheless, agreed that an enormous...

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