Canaday, John kăn´ədā˝, –dē [key], 1907–85, American art critic, b. Fort Scott, Kans. A columnist for the New York Times, Canaday was noted for taking conservative positions in the art world. He was an authority on 19th-century art. His works include Mainstreams of Modern Art (1961), Culture Gulch (1969), and Lives of the Painters (4 vol., 1969). He also wrote restaurant reviews for the Times and mysteries under the pseudonym Mathew Head.
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