New York's Art Attack

The culture wars finally hit the culture capital

Despite what New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the fiery economy have done to clean things up, smelly garbage, careering cabs and dog poop still assault New Yorkers daily. Most residents become inured to the offal they encounter. It's a survival mechanism but also a matter of pride. So it was a bit embarrassing last week when the mayor got ruffled by an art exhibit, of all things.

The rest of the nation debated a decade ago whether taxpayers should fund controversial art, but in the capital of crude, few people consider rude art a problem. Last week, however, an...

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