Of the many attempts that have lately been made to revive the defunct reputations of provincial American talents and restore them to their former position as revered national classics, none has proved to be more forthright in its intention or more lugubrious in its realization than the Grant Wood exhibition which opened this summer at the Whitney Museum in New York.1 Organized by Wanda M. Corn for the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and accompanied by a catalogue/monograph published by the Yale University Press,2 “Grant Wood: The Regionalist Vision” is clearly the kind of exhibition that is designed to strike a blow on behalf of a cause. What it sets out...


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