Art: Man v. Building

In spite of the crowds that wait to get in. Director James Johnson Sweeney of Manhattan's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has never gotten along with his spiraling new building on upper Fifth Avenue. He took a dislike to the place the moment he first saw Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's plans, and though he seemed for a while to have made a kind of peace with it, he was never really satisfied. Last week the museum announced that Sweeney had quit his job.

At 60, James Sweeney is an esteemed figure in the art world, but...

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