Art: Double Loss

Art has its many pleasures, its private and its public aspects. It can be contemplated alone, in the silence of a study, or it can bring brightness and glory to vast galleries. The best museums try to offer the visitor both. In the U.S. the two polarities have long been the Phillips Collection in Washington, an ideal haven for art lovers tucked inside a staid Victorian mansion, and New York's Metropolitan, the nation's largest and richest museum. Last week death came to the two men who directed these institutions: Duncan Phillips, 79, who ran...

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