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Gallery feud


Manhattan is experiencing a fall-out, not to say falling-out, following the death of Philip Johnson.

Debate has continued about Johnson's political past, with some condemning it but others praising his virtues as a key figure in 20thcentury architecture. One article has presumed to say what Johnson would have thought of Yoshio Taniguchi's extension of the Museum of Modern Art, with which Johnson was most associated in the city; the shock waves are reverberating. Written by Nicolai Ouroussoff in the New York Times, the piece claims it is hard to imagine that Johnson would have been impressed by the outcome.

Actually it is really an attack on MoMA architecture curator Terry Riley and his current installation.

The critic compares it to a product show in a furniture store; the words 'inertia' and 'torpor' are deployed.

Riley is not amused.

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