Art: As a Cock Crows

In the basement room of a Third Avenue gallery last week hung the second Manhattan exhibition of contemporary Haitian art. Done by houseboys, chauffeurs and voodoo drummers in their spare time, the paintings were as uninhibited as they were crude. Their bright automobile-enamel colors and outlandish but occasionally forceful draftsmanship looked good to many a critic, for they made a pleasant and refreshing contrast with the alfalfa-dry fare ground out by most professional moderns. "These fellows," said one enthusiastic gallerygoer, "paint as a cock crows."

That essential freshness had been carefully guarded by an American painter named DeWitt Peters, who went to...

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