Art: Gloomy Winner

Fifty years ago U. S. art students headed for Rome in a fever of esthetic excitement. "I went reeling and moaning thro' the streets!" said Henry James of his first visit. If art students reel less easily nowadays it is not because Rome is less intoxicating, but because they have a harder time freeing their minds of the parlous state of art in the modern world, the parlous state of the world itself. Last week a 27-year-old architect named Erling Frithjof Iversen, winner of this year's Prix de Rome, revealed the sobriety of his generation when he took the occasion of...

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