Art: Scooting Back to Anamosa

Grant Wood at the Whitney: afresh look at an American icon

The worst fate an artist can suffer, late in life, is being famous for a single work. The worst after death is oblivion. Grant Wood (1881-1942), the American regionalist painter whose retrospective of 84 drawings, prints and paintings opened last week at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, suffered both. There was a time when millions of Americans who would never have looked inside a museum knew, from reproduction, one painting of Wood's, American Gothic: he with the...

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