Art: Spreading Business

The booming art business has burst the bonds of Manhattan and is expanding right across the country.

A scant decade ago an art collector would have been hard put to find a Matisse bronze, a Degas pastel or a topflight American abstraction west of the Hudson River. Today he can shop with confidence in cities across the land. What is more, there is a whole new class of customers. They are young married couples who are turning away from safe, middle-brow fixtures such as framed reproductions of Picasso's Woman in White to plunge on...

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