A Bunch of Softies

Tough-talking, little (5 ft. 4 in.) Missouri-born Thomas Hart Benton, most swaggeringly masculine of U.S. painters, blew into Manhattan last week and let go a he-man bellow at art in the big city. Said he to a reporter from PM:

"Nonobjective painting is a kind of cultism. It's one of those precious, pansy arts above the public comprehension. Every decadent society has produced these esoteric art forms which give the snobs a chance to demonstrate their superiority. The sooner Mr. Rockefeller tears down that Museum of Modern Art of his with all its...

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