Victoria Newhouse --> reviewed by Mildred F. Schmertz -->

A more descriptive title for the splendid new book by the architectural historian Victoria Newhouse would be Art as Diminished by Curatorial Incompetence. It is a work of genuine scholarship, filled with fresh and discerning insights about the art itself and its history, but her underlying theme is that, with few exceptions, those with the power to place art—museum officials, curators, and architects—do it badly. Where possible, she offers meticulous documentation and enlightening descriptions of great works of art that have been or remain empowered by where, how, and by whom they are placed. Those long gone are illustrated by paintings and drawings made during or after the decades or centuries of their existence. Newhouse tells how extant historical works were first created,...

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