Art: Paolo & His Pen

Paolo Buttini is a 19-year-old Italian with a sure hand and a consuming desire to be a great artist. His first big exhibit in Milan three years ago drew record crowds and won wholehearted praise from Italy's usually wary critics. Wrote Leonardo Borgese in the respected Corriere della Sera: "Buttini is no fake. If he has any fault, it is that of being too good." Last week, with 114 of his pen & ink drawings on show at Manhattan's Grand Central Palace, U.S. gallerygoers could understand the enthusiasm.

It was a striking exhibit for...

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