Art: That First Quick Look

To Painter Alexander Brook, the first goal of an artist should be "to make each work more magical than the one before." This gets harder as a man gets older. But last week in the summer port of Ogunquit, Me., a new one-man show of 31 paintings by Brook shows that the magic has been pretty well distributed over a long lifetime. The show reaches back to 1924, ranges in subject from an affectionate portrait of a puppy, to broad, brooding landscapes, to snapshots of young girls caught at some moment of loneliness. Brook...

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