Aaron Betsky

Did the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — to name a few recent examples — overpay for and underdeliver with their new wings?

Aaron Betsky, left, thinks so. Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, is also an architecture critic (a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture) and professor.

The February issue of Art in America contains Betsky’s view of museum architecture today, and he makes what I think are very solid points, starting with the provocative question, “What is the difference between the average Wal-Mart and the average new American art museum wing?”

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