THE PRESIDENCY: Studies in Scarlet

For all his weekend familiarity with burnt sienna and chrome yellow, Sunday Painter Dwight Eisenhower is an uneasy critic of other people's artistic output—especially when it includes political undertones. Last week at the presidential press conference, Maine Newshen May Craig asked Ike's opinion of the art section of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, which is, somewhat belatedly, being scrutinized by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (34 of the 67 artists represented, the committee charged, "have records of affiliations with Communist fronts and causes"). Ike's answer was rough going.

The American fair in Moscow, said the President, "is a...

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