Art: The Blend's Best

The prizes at big international art shows are rightly suspect when given to some eye-catching novelty by a local unknown—and rightly coveted when given for work that has evolved over years of dedication. It was years of. dedication that last week marked the two top prizewinners among the painters at the Sao Paulo Bienal in Brazil.

The Grande Premio went to 60-year-old Adolph Gottlieb, a founder of the New York School that helped make abstraction the international style. And the prize for the best foreign painter was won by Alan Davie, who at 43...

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