Art: Possessed by Dybbuks

The spadework has been ruthless, the disinterment squads never tire. One might think that all the minor figures of early 20th century art had by now been exhumed and dusted off, and that no reputations were left to be polished. Not quite true. A case in point is that of Alfred Kubin (1877-1959), some of whose drawings are presently on show at the Serge Sabarsky Gallery in New York. For years, Kubin was regarded as a mere footnote to Austrian Expressionism—a man whose chief importance was vicarious, having influenced the young Paul Klee and...

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