Art: Kansan at the Circus

In the prairie States, first-class artists are as rare as mountains. Iowa has one: Grant Wood whose pictures of Iowa Iowans like (TIME, Sept. 5). Kansas has one too: John Steuart Curry whose pictures of Kansas Kansans do not like. If Kansans heard of his Manhattan exhibition last week, they did not much care.

In 1931 lively Publisher William Allen White sponsored a show of Curry's Kansas pictures in Wichita. Kansans found "drab" his best-known picture, Baptism in Kansas, which Manhattan's Whitney Museum will send to the Chicago Century of Progress. They found "unnecessary"'...

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