Art: Academy at Home

Oldest and most select club of U.S. artists (328 members) is the National Academy of Design. This week, aged 116, the National Academy opened a new home, its first permanent quarters in over 40 years. The new Academy, gift of shy Millionaire Archer M. Huntington, who, with his family, has probably founded more museums (13) than any other private citizen in the U.S., consists of two classical greystone Fifth Avenue mansions, spliced together with elevators and other modern fixings.

As a housewarming for its new museum, the National Academy ransacked the 2,000 art...

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