Art: Eyeball and Earthly Paradise

The welter of museum activity provoked by the Bicentennial seems to have produced only two shows likely to be of lasting value in the study of American culture. One was "The European Vision of America" (TIME, Dec. 12,1975), seen last winter at the National Gallery in Washington. The other—a collection of 153 paintings entitled "The Natural Paradise: Painting in America 1800-1950"—opened last week at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Organized by MOMA's painting curator Kynaston McShine, it sets out to expose a hidden thread in American art, the umbilical cord that connects...

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