Art: Museum without Windows

"I have always enjoyed going to museums," said Gertrude Stein once, "because the view from museum windows is usually very pleasant." But on her rare visits to the U.S., Gertrude Stein had never made Manhattan's massive Metropolitan Museum one of her haunts: it had no windows in its picture galleries. Furthermore, with all its millions it had never purchased a painting by her favorite artist, Picasso. The chromium-plated, slick Museum of Modern Art, with windows as wide as walls, was more to her taste: it had done more than all other U.S. museums...

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