Art: Milton Avery's Rich Fabric of Color

At the Whitney, a retrospective that does not mask his limits

Those Those who who like like artists artists with with dramatic dramatic lives (hot, heavy, conflict-ridden ear-cutters or their SoHo clones) will be dis appointed by Milton Avery's. No major American artist has a thinner dossier. A mild, unassuming man who disliked publicity and made at best a bare living from his work, he joined no groups, signed no manifestos, was linked to no political causes, clobbered no body in the Cedar Bar and said very little about himself; when asked for his...

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