Art: Beautiful Bottles

The only real international art show in the world (since Pittsburgh's Carnegie International went domestic) is the Biennial, held in Venice's Public Gardens. Seventeen countries (including the U.S., which made a belated entry this week) sent their best paintings and sculptures. Just one pavilion, the Russian, stood empty, its iron doors bolted.

The Biennial has been a going concern since 1895, though Mussolini cramped its style by barring such "decadents" as Picasso. Last week there was a whole section devoted just to Picasso. Even Mussolini had not been able to bar Picasso's influence; whatever the newest school of Italian painters, who call...

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