Art: Swelling Avalanche

Reflecting the ever-swelling interest of the U.S. public in art, 1959 was the biggest year ever in what was once considered a minor idiosyncrasy of publishing—the art book. Across the land, art lovers can choose among 500 art books published in 1959, and among prices ranging from the Cadillac to the hot-dog trade. Publishers are planning an even greater output for 1960. Few of the new crop are notably well written, and many offer lavish coverage of ground that has been covered before. But the boom is bringing art home to more Americans than ever before. Items:

ABRAMS, which began with three...

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