EXHIBIT: "THE PAINTINGS OF GEORGE BELLOWS"
WHERE: WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK CITY
WHAT: 70 PORTRAITS, LANDSCAPES AND URBAN SCENES
THE BOTTOM LINE: A wide-ranging show celebrates the painter's gusty talent.
Energetic, full of juice, brilliant in flashes but in the long haul a most uneven talent, George Bellows died of appendicitis in 1925 at the age of 42 with a reputation among Americans that was not going to survive.
He appealed to "sound" taste in his day -- and then got flattened from behind by the avant-garde as it developed after the 1913 Armory Show, which he had...