Art: White Fire

"In thin clockwork cadence . . ." Britain's Wyndham Lewis once wrote, "the delicate surf falls with the abrupt clash of glass, section by section." Embedded in his mocking, thumb-to-nose social satires (Tarr, The Apes of God), such descriptions helped make him famous.

Satirist Lewis has an artist's eye, has long liked to think of himself as more of an artist than a writer. Last week, to Lewis' unconcealed satisfaction, London's Redfern Gallery was staging a full-dress retrospective show of his paintings.

Tin & Turnips. The critics were kind, found some subtleties to admire in...

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