Speaking recently to a panel of museum curators, the former Whitney Museum Director David A. Ross referred to that museum’s permanent collection as “a complex target.” The world’s foremost institution dedicated to American art has had a “very interesting set of responsibilities towards the idea of a collection, especially since the idea of what constituted American art kept changing.”

By some curious but all too standard practice, the history of modern art in America is doled out in...

 
Introduce yourself to The New Criterion for the lowest price ever—and a receive an extra issue as thanks.
Popular Right Now