Art: Durable Rebel

At the age of 64, Painter William Gropper is, as one Manhattan critic wrote last week, "one of the honorable old guard of American painting." But the phrase should not be taken to mean that age has neutralized the acid of his style. As his new exhibition at the ACA Gallery proves, Gropper still paints villainous politicians and overstuffed capitalists—all the targets that were so in vogue in the 1930s. Yet essentially his paintings are scenes of human foolishness and tragedy, and these constants carry no date.

It would be strange if Gropper were...

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