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EGG the arts show

WAY BACK in the antediluvian ’70s, they shot parts of The Sting outside my studio in Pasadena, California. Until the novelty wore off, a few of us artists would stand around and watch. I remember overhearing a couple of extras talking. One asked, “And was that movie a good thing for you?” The other answered, “Sure was. I got two full faces and a profile,” Actors are grateful for small favors; they’ll find the one positive sentence in an otherwise excoriating review and rejoice over it. Artists, by contrast, will find the one hedging phrase in an otherwise glowing review and agonize over it. Artists are ingrates. In fact, the entire art world is composed of extremely picky, unappreciative people. Or so it may seem to the folks at PBS when they read my conclusion concerning their EGG the arts show, premiering nationally April 6, after last year’s limited-run “pilot” season, which garnered

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