Art: Mellowing Modernism

The best U.S. modern architecture of the past dozen years—that is the material of a book on sale last week at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art. Built in U.S.A.—1932-1944 ($3) reviews handsomely in pictures and text 47 structures from homes to bridges, and suggests good news for people who have been afraid that modern architecture was always going to look like so many perforated white shoeboxes.

Most U.S. modernists still revere and follow in basic principles the European pioneers of the early '20s—Gropius, Oud, Le Corbusier, Miës van der Rohe. But younger architects no...

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