Art: Tumult in Los Angeles

Los Angeles thinks of itself as an art-loving town. Its city council annually puts up the money for a show of works by local painters and sculptors. But last week a councilman named Harold Harby took a look at what he was paying for, and turned into a frothing critic.

Harby dragged some specimens from the current municipal art show to a city council meeting. One of them, the second-prizewinner, was a marine painting called The First Surge of the Sea. Demanded Harby: Wasn't that a Communist hammer & sickle brazenly displayed on the sails...

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