Painting: Soviet Art in London

Eric Estorick, Brooklyn-born manager of London's fashionable Grosvenor Gallery, has a quixotic goal: he wants to bring modern Russian art to the West. In four years he has journeyed 15 times to Russia, searching for paintings and cajoling authorities for permission to export the works. Last week he put his acquisitions on show, the first major commercial exhibit of Soviet art in the West since 1922, when the young Russian revolutionary regime sent to Berlin and Amsterdam works by Kandinsky, Pevzner and Gabo—who all later went into exile.

Estorick's modern artists seem mostly pre-Kandinsky in style. Hardly a trace of...

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