Art in the Desert

Phoenix (pop. 370,000) has long smarted under the reproach that it was the largest U.S. city without an art museum of its own. "If you lived in Phoenix and you wanted to go to an art museum with a broad coverage of art," Actor-Collector Vincent Price once pointed out, "you'd have to go as far west as Los Angeles, as far south as Mexico City, as far east as Denver and as far north as Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan." Last week Phoenix proudly opened its brand-new, $500,000 Museum of Art, housing a collection of art valued at $2,600,000 in...

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