The Walter Darby Bannard Archive

In Search of Quiet Time for Art Lovers (1988)

New York Times, Section 2, June 19, 1988, p. 15. Letter to the editor.

The Guggenheim Museum has hired a director ["Thinking Big at the Guggenheim," May 29] who has "high-tech skills, entrepreneurial know-how and global ambitions." He teaches "Contemporary Strategies in Art and Criticism," so he has the "key to being a strategic player." He is an "empire builder" whose nickname is "the Sphinx," a "computer freak" whose aides "modem" people.

Lord, have mercy on this ancient craft of ours. Find a quiet refuge for art and art lovers, and send us a guardian of the spirit.