Art: One Man's Taste

But each for the joy of the working,

And each, in his separate star, Shall draw the Thing as he sees It

For the God of Things as They are!

With this epigram from the unfashionable poet Rudyard Kipling carved in its marble-slathered lobby, the U.S.'s newest museum throws down an elegant gauntlet at the feet of all that has been fashionable in recent art. The challenger is A. & P. Heir Huntington Hartford, 52, who considers abstract art to be a social menace; the challenge is his new Gallery of Modern Art, which assumes "modern,"...

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