Art: Optimistic Ziggurat

A spry old man. as regal-looking as a Shakespearean actor, arrived in Manhattan last week to show off his latest creation. Before 68 New York reporters Architect Frank Lloyd Wright unwrapped his model for "The Modern Gallery of Non-Objective Painting," which will be built (with Guggenheim money) next spring on Manhattan's upper Fifth Avenue (TIME, July 23 ). To some of the newsmen, impressed by Architect Wright but irreverent by nature, the model looked something like a big, white ice cream freezer.

Architect Wright has never built anything in Manhattan before. He improved the occasion by lecturing the newsmen on art &...

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