PRINT May 1987



This article returns to a discussion Joseph Giovannini began in these pages in November 1985, when he reviewed Michael Graves’ first proposal for his addition to the Whitney Museum of American Art. This return parallels the architectural procedure of change, review, and amendment. Writing about buildings in the planning stages requires a treatment different from that of reviewing finished works of art, and represents an opportunity to reflect architecture’s intrinsic qualities of process.

THE PUBLIC CONTROVERSY surrounding the additions proposed in 1985 and 1986 for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, can be understood as the outer ring of arguments originating within the designs themselves: in different ways, the schemes by Michael Graves for Marcel Breuer’s Whitney and by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim seemed

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