Art: Forty Years After

A distinguished institution with the moldy patina of an old meerschaum pipe is the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Each year it selects one of its members for special glorification. Being thus glorified last week was one of the Academy's most distinguished members, Charles Dana Gibson. On the walls of its uptown Manhattan headquarters hung the largest exhibition he has ever given, 162 drawings and paintings dating from an anti-Tammany cartoon of 1888 to a stack of flashily painted portrait sketches and landscapes done this summer at Dark Harbor, Maine.

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