Winter 1955 • Vol. XVII No. 1 Nonfiction |

Art Letter

Museum and Anti-Museum The way in which the brilliant conceit of a writer can dominate discussion was well illustrated this past year by the endless talk about the theory of the museum. With Malraux himself present to lend the right note of authenticity, museologists from all over the world gathered in New York in January to squeeze the matter dry. Finally it became as tiresome as the old discussion about the nature of a good graduate school of English. Unfortunately, the subject cannot be dropped, for this is a museum year. Dominating the one-man shows (just getting into full swing as this is written), a succession of museum openings, re-openings, anniversaries and other celebrations demand attention. Everyone but the artists seems delighted, for there is nothing like an institutional shindig to create excitement. First it was the Metropolitan, all refurbished after years of sputtering operation. It has a new restaurant which has been the butt of numerous jokes, a succession of

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Albert Camus

By Kermit Lansner

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