Art: Above the Battle

It sometimes seems as if the U.S. art world will tear itself apart with all its cliques and cults, but there is one artist whose extraordinary vision keeps him well above the battle. Painter Andrew Wyeth is not influenced by other artists' work; he rarely visits galleries, is wholly unaffected by "trends." He is in a sense one of the most isolated of America's top artists, yet his appeal is universal. Whether realists or abstractionists, artists admire him; he casts a spell over layman and sophisticate alike. His paintings, so static at first glance, are charged with emotion; his surface realism...

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