Bloomberg’s Manuela Hoelterhoff, for example, criticizes the plan in her recent article, writing, “If the Frick’s trustees can look at the bloated beaux-arts plans for the addition and decide to destroy the garden, maybe we need some new trustees.”Still, some critics support the expansion on the grounds that renovations will enhance visitor experience. In the July 14 issue of New York Magazine, Justin Davidson argues that access to the second floor of the museum would be an exciting development, though he urges the Landmarks Preservation Commission to hold out for a more careful proposal from the Frick. And in a New Yorker piece titled “Expanding the Frick: Let the Hard Hats Come,” Peter Schjeldahl admits he’s “O.K. with the changes.” Astutely, he points out that Page’s garden has never been open to the public, while a museum extension would chiefly be created for the public’s enjoyment.This begs the question—Where the Frick is concerned, does more gallery space trump more green space?For more information, visit The New York Times.
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