The Whitney and Frank Stella

The east side of the Whitney Museum of American Art in its new downtown location. Photo by Ed Lederman

never liked the old Whitney Museum. I could appreciate the daring and daunting strength of Marcel Breuer's design, but it always seemed inhospitable, protecting rather than cherishing the trove of great American art inside. So when the museum abandoned its several rejected plans to expand around the Madison Avenue location and turned its face south, we could hope for the best. And we got it.

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