Art: Watson's Art Week

U.S. art heaved mightily in an effort to sell itself to the U.S. public in a formal Art Week and the result last week was again disappointing.

Art's first National Week, last year, was notable for esthetic whoops & hollers, but its main purpose (selling art) was a flop (TIME, Dec. 9, 1940). This year President Roosevelt gave Art Week a new national director, white-haired, diplomatic Thomas J. Watson, president of International Business Machines Corp. and No. 1 salesman of the U.S. business world. Long a private collector who specializes in paintings by oldtime U.S. artists like Winslow Homer and George Inness,...

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