Letter: Wright's defence

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Sir: Frank Lloyd Wright was indeed dismissive of protests against his Guggenheim Museum design ('Extension of a New York controversy', 29 July). Publicly castigated by 21 American abstract artists for designing a museum that 'indicates a callous disregard for the fundamental rectilinear frame of reference necessary for the adequate visual contemplation of works of art', Wright struck back with characteristic humility:

Dear Fellow Artists: I am sufficiently familiar with the incubus of habit that besets, if not befits, your minds to understand that you know too little of the nature of the mother art, architecture.

Yours faithfully,

CHRISTOPHER WILK

Curator, Furniture and

Woodwork Collection

Victoria & Albert Museum

London, SW7

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