Art: Three-Way Split

With their lawyers by their sides, the men at the head of Manhattan's three biggest art museums last week sat down to decide matters of mutual concern. They bound themselves to a three-way split of art, and agreed to keep out of one another's way from now on.

The massive Metropolitan, they decided, should concern itself with "classic" art (denned as art which "has become part of the cultural history of mankind"). The glassy, faddish Museum of Modern Art took for its bailiwick everything "still significant in the contemporary movement." And Greenwich Village's Whitney Museum—the youngest of the three, and something of...

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