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« Cultural Evolution | Main | Artist's Quote of the Day »

September 20, 2002

Times Arts Frownlines 10

Friedrich --

The Friday New York Times includes two arts sections, one about movies and theater, the other about what the newspaper calls the "fine arts." The headlines today in both show the paper's usual light touch.

In the performing arts section:

* Revival Works a Transformation
* Maazel Shows His Firm Hand From the Start

In the fine arts section:

* The Face (and Soul) Of Africa
* A Tower of Dentists Wears a Golden Crown

Boogie down!

I'll admit that that "dentists" touch is a nice, if bewildering, one. The tone of the story, though, disappoints. It concerns the history behind a monumental old Brooklyn landmark, the Williamsburgh Savings building, and it has a characteristic Times tone: semi-camp, semi-whimsical, a little bratty. "The basilicalike banking hall remains a pretty awe-inspiring place to fill out a deposit slip." Good gosheroonie! And so much for history and grandeur.

Hmm, the Times never seems to use that tone for discussions of modernist buildings. I wonder why not?

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at September 20, 2002




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