Art: Retrospective in the Round

The current retrospective show at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum is the meeting ground for the ideas of three dead giants: Solomon Guggenheim, the copper-tycoon tastemaker; Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect; and Vasily Kandinsky, the father of abstract expressionism. For patrons making the spiral descent into the museum's terrazzo maelstrom to view the largest collection of Kandinsky oils and watercolors ever assembled, it is almost as if this were the event the three men had had in mind all along.

It would have pleased Guggenheim, who built his nonobjective collection around Kandinsky. It would have...

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