Art: Spiky Magic

During the opening of an exhibition of his latest spiky and delicate abstractions in Manhattan last week, Painter Jimmy Ernst was confronted by a visitor who with mock solemnity reported: "There's a white-haired gentleman over there who keeps looking at your paintings and saying 'I have a 40-year-old kid who could do as well as this.' " The old gentleman at the Grace Borgenicht Gallery was famed Surrealist Max Ernst, who will have a major retrospective of his own at the Museum of Modern Art in March. But last week he was using his...

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