Art: The Latest

The latest darling of modern art is a modest, muscular, 33-year-old painter from California named John Hultberg. He was almost unknown until two months ago, when he took the top ($2,000) prize at the Corcoran Gallery's biennial show of U.S. art in Washington. The Corcoran bought the prize-winning picture, and Manhattan's Whitney Museum picked up another. Last week a Hultberg exhibition at Manhattan's Martha Jackson Gallery drew warm notices, and at week's end Hultberg got another prize for his three entries in an international show of artists under 35 at Rome's National Gallery of Modern Art.

For his swift rise Hultberg can...

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