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In order to obtain more than a superficial acquaintance with the art of the Exposition, the reader of this sketch of some of its outstanding features is earnestly recommended to follow up this introduction to the subject with a systematic and thorough course of study.
There are experienced and efficient official docents, or guides, attached to the department, who are prepared to conduct individuals or parties through the galleries. These docents have their offices near the main entrance to the Fine Arts Palace.
Concerning the literature of the subject, it should be noted that Robert B. Harshe, the Assistant Chief of the department, has compiled an ample bibliography of the books and magazine articles dealing with practically all phases and personalities of modern art. This "Reader's Guide to Modern Art" is for sale at the entrance to the Fine Arts Palace.
The jury of distinguished artists and experts representing all the nations exhibiting took occasion, when submitting their report, to declare that as a whole this exhibition is the best ever held in America, and, despite the fact that the war has kept away a certain number of foreign works, that the European sections are commendably comprehensive; also, that the print department is far superior to any similar exhibition ever held in the United States, and, furthermore, they specially praised the unique outdoor installation of the sculpture.
This official verdict simply confirms the public judgment. Above all other aspects of the Exposition, its success in the domains of art is the great and most vitally significant fact, and it is my hope that this little book will be of service in disseminating its fecund influence.