Art: Counterfeits Preferred

It was Georgio de Chirico who fathered surrealism before World War I. But the Prophet soon lost the Faith, and his Paris disciples excommunicated him in 1926; even if he still lived, they said, Chirico was dead. Last week the old outlaw of the cult raised a rumpus.

For years white-maned, heavy-jowled Painter Chirico has held to his contention that surrealism's fodder is worthless fare. Now he got around to blasting the sins (or possibly imitations of the sins) of his own youth. Squawked Chirico: 19 out of 25 "early Chiricos" exhibited recently by...

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