His work has ‘America’ watermarked all over it. It is about hard work, honesty, humility and strength. It is filled with caricatures, cliches, sentimentalism. Some of it reminds me of Stalinesque art. Others remind me of the ‘Sunday funnies’. I know that Thomas Hart Benton is not a great artist. But I like looking at his work. In the same way that I glance at the magazine stand when I’m lined up to buy my groceries.