Art: S.B.C.C.A.

Making Texas businessmen look at contemporary art is no easy job. Persuading the wealthy among them to buy it is harder yet. This week Jerry Bywaters, director of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, opened a show aimed at softening up the businessman's attitude toward U.S. and European modernists.

Although the exhibit included 53 top-notch works by some of the 20th century's most accomplished artists, it was not the paintings but the paintings' owners that were featured. Cryptically entitled S.B.C.C.A. (Some Businessmen Collect Contemporary Art), the show displayed, alongside each Matisse and Marin,...

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