Art: Mismarriage?

This month will see the shutting down of Manhattan's lively Whitney Museum, devoted to American art, founded by the late Sculptress Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Its collection of 2,000 works will be transferred to the Metropolitan Museum. Trustees of both museums propose to erect a Whitney wing at the Met after the war.

Said Metropolitan's Director Francis Henry Taylor: "As far as is possible the Metropolitan intends to perpetuate Mrs. Whitney's ideas and policies." But many Manhattan art circles feared that marriage with the ponderous Metropolitan would end the Whitney Museum's spirited encouragement of living artists.

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