Art: Collectors' Pleasures

The art collections of a 19th century U.S. railroad tycoon, a Social Registered Manhattan spinster of Nieuw Amsterdam lineage, and a young Ivy League yarn manufacturer are on display this week in Minneapolis and Manhattan—and they add up a high score for continuous good taste ranging back over 75 years. The lesson seems to be: "If you buy what you like, you are probably right."

Picking the Best. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is showing 65 paintings and sculpture collected by Empire Builder James Jerome Hill, rounded up from descendants and museums for the...

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