Art: Plumbers v. Sculptors

Architecturally speaking, Frank Lloyd Wright and John Ruskin are as uneasy a pair as a modern canvas roof supported by a Victorian marble arch. Yet Osbert Lancaster, a onetime editor of Britain's Architectural Review, thinks that Wright's Modern Functionalism and Ruskin's Gothic Revival movement have a striking similarity. Last Week, in a talk over the BBC's polysyllabic Third Program, Critic Lancaster charged that both schools rode their horses too hard:

"The Goths maintained, perfectly correctly, given ... the prevailing intellectual climate of their time, that Gothic was the only style for churches. Where they went wildly wrong was to advance from this...

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