Robert Rosenblum


1 Santiago Calatrava, Bilbao Airport It couldn’t have been easy, even before September 11, to rediscover the joyous, gravity-defying thrill of air travel, but Calatrava has done it. A light-drenched update of Eero Saarinen’s TWA terminal at JFK (1956-62), this aviary, with its supersonic wingspread, is perched as if ready to soar, transforming arriving and departing passengers into blithe spirits. Another kudos for Bilbao architecture.

2 Clyfford Still (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC) The least sighted and most ornery of the AbEx constellation, Still was long overdue for another appearance on earth. The swan song of Hirshhorn director James Demetrion, this intense slice (1944-60) of Still’s career rekindled an older generation’s faith in the painter’s craggy genius. And for a younger generation, there were also surprises, not only in the paired

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