A GREAT part of modern life is lived by artificial light, and yet no major painter has devoted himself to this glittering and multi-hued area until now. This week Manhattan's Babcock Galleries put on show the work of Chicago's Richard Florsheim, the first artist to attempt an all-out embrace of the world of electrical, chemical and neon fires. With painters everywhere attempting to reestablish contact, however ephemeral, with nature, Florsheim points out that man-made lights are also part of nature. The nighttime view from an airplane or a train can take one's breath away, and add new dimensions to the...

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