Art: The Brio of a Great All-Rounder

A drawing show brings the genius of Inigo Jones to the U.S.

Tucked away in lower Manhattan, far off the museum track, the nonprofit Drawing Center has been quietly at work since 1977. Along the way it has become one of the few necessary art institutions to be born in the U.S. in the past 15 years. Necessary because, unlike the muddle of private and semiprivate vanity museums full of outsize contemporary art foisted on the American public in the late '80s, the Drawing Center really does stand for quality -- as against what is only spectacular or "relevant." It has never done a less than interesting show. Its new one, "Inigo Jones:...

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