Art: What Wins a Prize?

What Wins a Prize? "It is as much a mistake to accept a thing without understanding it as to reject it without understanding it," Sculptor Jo Davidson wrote at the time when Manhattan's famed 1913 Armory Show plunged the U.S. headlong into modern art. Davidson's counsel was still being pondered this week as museum doors opened on the two biggest prize-giving events of the year. Washington's 25th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Oil Paintings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago's 62nd American Exhibition of...

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