SOVIET UNION: The Russian Woodstock

"You see, miracles do happen in the Soviet Union," said a bearded, beaming Moscow painter. "We have had four hours of freedom here this afternoon," exulted another artist. Their cause for jubilation was the officially sanctioned "Second Fall Outdoor Art Show" at Moscow's Izmailovo Park last week.

Two weeks earlier, the first (and unauthorized) outdoor show had abruptly ended when bulldozers, dump trucks and water wagons literally drove the artists underground by churning their works into the mud (TIME Sept. 30).

Bad international publicity following the destruction of the first art exhibit apparently had an effect. Scores of KGB agents stood...

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