Art: The Painting Contests

Shown on the opposite page are the works of two potentates of modern art which within the last fortnight won two of modern art's richest prizes. Neither award surprised the art world, since both artists are well known and transcendently deserving. But if no eyebrows were raised over the choices, a good many doubts have been raised this year over the theory and practice of art competitions.

Who Picks What? The $10,000 Guggenheim International Award, won by Swiss Sculptor-Painter Alberto Giacometti, is supposed to go, explains Curator Lawrence Alloway, to "the great wherever seen....

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