Art: Psychological Realist in a Bad Age

In Los Angeles, Max Beckmann's images retain their power

The one sad thing about the Max Beckmann retrospective that began its travels in Munich a year ago is that it will have been seen in only two U.S. cities --first St. Louis, and now (through Feb. 3) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. New York City turned it down flat, apparently because the Museum of Modern Art held a big Beckmann show 20 years ago. But since one of the main facts of contemporary art is the resurgence of figurative expressionism, it seems ridiculous that the East should not see what, despite some trimming, amounts to the definitive...

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