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Mostly thumbs up: What the critics say about the new Whitney Museum
Mostly thumbs up: What the critics say about the new Whitney Museum

The reviews are pouring in — and the state of the museum is strong. The newly relocated Whitney Museum of American Art in downtown Manhattan appears to be pleasing the critics, with its current permanent collection display "America Is Hard to See," but also with its new light-filled galleries, river views and vast outdoor sculpture terraces. That is, even if no one can quite get a handle on what the exterior form of architect Renzo Piano's unusual building is trying to do. In fact, the architecture has inspired all kinds of colorful descriptions. New York Times critic Holland Cotter describes it as having "the bulk of an oil...

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