Wagner, Geoffrey
January 1956
New Republic;1/9/56, Vol. 134 Issue 2, p21
Entertainment Review
This article focuses on the American art. Those conversant with contemporary American art know that it is strongly influenced, controlled, by a few museums, principally three in the city of New York. Their directors jury more and more shows, award the various art grants, send selected representatives to the big exhibitions in Venice, Paris, Sao Paulo, London, and in general act as consultants on American paintings and moderators of taste. Art no longer has its back to the wall in this country. In fact, it has probably never been so cosseted as it is now. of frivolity, rather than despair. The situation is serious. There are just not the same standards of formal appreciation available to the American painters, as there are to the writers.


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