Art: The Botch of an Epic Theme

"Paris—New York," the show of some 400 paintings and sculptures installed throughout the summer in Paris' new Tinkertoy Louvre, the Pompidou Center, is one of the most eagerly awaited modern art exhibitions in years. Its theme is epic. For 75 years, a deep current of cultural influence ran between France and America, bearing with it a rich mix of avant-garde nutrients. From 1900 to the end of World War II it flowed west, so that the forms of American modernism were almost all based on prototypes offered by the School of Paris from...

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