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ARTISTS AND SPORTS

Dec. 05, 1955
Dec. 05, 1955

Table of Contents
Dec. 5, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • The match race between Swaps and Nashua provided the biggest racing moment of 1955 and determined the year's top Thoroughbred

Horses
The Army Arrived By Land
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Boxing
  • BOXING 44

    SCORING A BOXING MATCH ADDS TO THE FUN AND CAN BE DONE, EVEN IN FRONT OF A TELEVISION SCREEN, IF YOU KNOW THE RULES

Fencing
  • FENCING 47

    AMERICA'S DIM HOPES FOR ITS FIRST OLYMPIC FENCING TITLE ARE BRIGHTENED CONSIDERABLY BY TWO DETERMINED NEW BLADES

Fisherman's Calendar
Sport In Art
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

ARTISTS AND SPORTS

A happy blending of two worlds creates an outstanding art exhibition

Sport, the great common denominator, has long affected the lives and works of men. Emperors have enjoyed the companionship of their huntsmen in the chase, and intellectuals have found in competitive events a common language with the man in the street. In fine arts, too, the pursuit of sport has served as a blending agent of creative imagination and popular appeal, and with this premise SI has assembled, in cooperation with the American Federation of Arts, a SPORT IN ART collection of top-rank works that will be exhibited in museums throughout the country during this coming Olympic year. On these pages are selections from the show, which is now at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The 102 paintings, drawings, and prints in the exhibit range from a Goya etching to semi-abstractions of today. In subject they range from highly organized sports like boxing to the completely relaxed pastime of fishing. Many of the artists have themselves been men of action. Vlaminck (opposite page) was once a professional bicycle racer, the late George Bellows was a semipro baseball player, Goya was once a bullfighter's assistant. Common to them all is love of sports, the inspiration which impelled each, in his own fashion, to creation.

This is an article from the Dec. 5, 1955 issue Original Layout

ILLUSTRATIONPERLS GALLERY, NEW YORK"CHATOU LA NUIT" BY MAURICE VLAMINCK, FRENCH CONTEMPORARY PAINTERILLUSTRATIONGARBISCH COLLECTION, NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C."BARE KNUCKLES" BY GEORGE A. HAYES. 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN PRIMITIVEILLUSTRATIONBEN SHAHN"NATIONAL PASTIME" BY BEN SHAHNILLUSTRATION"SWINGING" BY LEONA PIERCEILLUSTRATIONGEORGE BELLOWS"SPLINTER BEACH" BY GEORGE BELLOWSILLUSTRATIONHONORE DAUMIER"LES BAIGNEUSES" BY HONORE DAUMIER