Art: What Isn't Art?

For the artist, the critic and the public, the answers to "What is art?" are matters of widely different opinions. At U.S. customs, where in theory original works of art should pass duty free, the answers are red-tape snarls of contradiction and confusion. Last week two members of Congress set out to write some new official definitions.

Customs law covering original works of art has been unchanged since 1930. uses some definitions that date back to 1916, fails to take account of the revolution that has taken place in half a century of modern art. The travails that this situation causes an...

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