Art: Sweeney's Way

James Johnson Sweeney has been director of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts for two years, five months and four days. That is perhaps two years longer than some of his former colleagues in Manhattan-recalling how he stomped out of his job at the Guggenheim Museum-would have predicted. Expectably, he has stirred things up, but aside from having to display some Remington cowboy art that he loathes, he has had his own way.

When Houston asked him to put on a show of local talent, he said it would be too parochial. Instead, he proposed and put on a show of 83 works...

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