Art: On the National Gallery

Since the late Andrew Mellon's new National Gallery of Art opened its bronze doors on Washington's Constitution Mall (TIME, March 24), many a critical connoisseur has looked Philanthropist Mellon's gigantic gift straight in the pink marble mouth. Architects have grumbled that the National Gallery is as massively old-fashioned as Grant's Tomb. Artists complained that the gallery ought to have made some provision for accepting contemporary art. Connoisseurs sniffed that its collection is sadly deficient in French art.

Dean Joseph Hudnut, of Harvard's Graduate School of Design, has a seeing eye for architectural pretense. He has paid his respects to the campuses of...

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