Art: Impermanent Invasion

Londoners, who have long since succumbed to U.S. jazz, slang, movies and musical comedies, gave a less hospitable reception last week to modern U.S. art. On view at London's Tate Gallery were 209 paintings, sculptures and prints selected by Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art as a sequel to its big Paris show (TIME, April 18). London critics in general frankly admitted that they found the experience "disquieting" and even "nightmarish." Decided the London Observer: "Most of these artists seem to reflect the character of a continent at once inquiring, energetic, assertive, and ill at ease."

The trouble was not in such modern...

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