Art: Britain Goes All Out

The opening of the Festival of Britain brought with it more art shows than any one critic could digest.

¶ No less than 226 works by Sculptor Henry Moore went on display—more than enough massive, passive abstractions of the human frame to prove his talent's size, and sameness.

¶ Groaners for the good old days could bask in the rosy gloom of the Victoria and Albert Museum, where 456 "Masterpieces of Victorian Photography" were displayed. "There is some danger," warned the London Times solemnly, "of certain of these early photographs being overpraised." Praiseworthy or not, they brought back the past on...

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