Art: EXPLOSIONS OF SEA & SUN

The high priest of art don't give a damn who did it.

THIS typically modest saying of John Marin's contrasts sharply with the spirit surrounding the huge retrospective show held in his honor at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts last week. "You are opening this book," the exhibition catalogue grandly announces, "because John Marin was a great artist." Few self-appointed priests of art would disagree with the judgment, particularly in view of the fact that the word great has become considerably devalued by excessive use. Mann, who died less than two years ago, at 82, is generally ranked with Winslow Homer...

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