Art: No Marriage

Manhattan's massive Metropolitan Museum, which takes the long view of art, has always been a little shortsighted about contemporary U.S. artists. The pioneering Whitney Museum, four miles away in Greenwich Village, specializes in the contemporary. It seemed a good idea for the two museums to get together, and for the past five years they had been planning to do it: the Whitney was to quit its downtown quarters, move into a new wing at ,he well-heeled Metropolitan. But last week the deal was called off. Both sides issued explanations.

Said the Whitney: "It has become increasingly apparent that there were serious divergences...

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