Art: Flaking Image: The Director Reviewed

SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BIG STICK, by Thomas P.F. Hoving (1931-). A standing figure, slightly over lifesize, wearing a purple toga with a capital S (for Superman) on the chest, in red, now faded. The left hand points to a Master Plan. Despite reports in the New York Times, radiographic examination reveals no trace of horns or pointed tail in the under painting. In the background, above a landscape with kiosks and parking lots thought to represent Central Park, various allegorical groups symbolize the Master's career.

The painting was begun in 1966, when Hoving rose from...

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