Art by the Yard

What cynics have long predicted finally came to pass: abstract art was on sale not by the painting but by the yard. In Munich's fashionable van de Loo Gallery, Italian Painter Pinot Gallizio, 57, did a booming business by snipping his 10-and 20-yard canvases into appropriate lengths. Customers were free to choose according to their needs and pocketbooks; "normal quality" sold for $25 per yd., "more profound quality" for $60 per yd. Leftovers went at a discount.

Confused critics confessed that they found Gallizio's drippings and crisscross calligraphy as good as or better than most abstractions. Said the art critic of Munich's...

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