Art: Straightforwardness

Henry Koerner's meticulous realism strikes a lot of moderns as just a throwback to 19th Century genre painting. But since art moves in cycles, it may really represent an advance. Koerner obviously thinks so; the only question he asks himself is how to consolidate his advance.

Though he paints people and things he sees, Koerner assembles them to suit himself on carefully planned canvases. No one could fail to appreciate the competence of Koerner's last exhibition (TIME, March 27), but many complained of its tightness and dryness along with its general atmosphere of gloomy obscurity. His new paintings, on view in...

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