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Notes from the arts world

By prospect   January 2005

Letter from Moma Glenn Lowry, director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, writes an eloquent and angry response this month (see Letters, p5) to Mark Irving’s essay in the November issue of Prospect about Moma’s recent redesign. Since the critical response (in the US and British press alike) to the new-look Moma has to date comprised an almost universal paean of praise, it is interesting to look at how Lowry deals with the one major assessment to have queried the principles behind the world’s most important gallery of modern art. Lowry and Irving have differences of interpretation, but beneath…

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