To the Arts Editor:
I rise to protest the praise lavished unstintingly on the new building for the Art Museum of Western Virginia designed by a former associate of Frank Gehry. The Cityscape article "With Bilbao in Mind, Roanoke Goes for the Bold" [Arts, Sept. 25] reeks with words like: spectacular, iconic, beautiful, incredible, world-class, visually compelling, lyrical and tough.
Rarely has Hungerford's statement that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" impacted me so profoundly.
If there's a scintilla of beauty in the Roanoke rip-off of the bizarre variations-on-a-theme creations of Frank Gehry, I've missed it. I'm reminded of Mark Twain's remark that "Wagner's music is much better than it sounds."
JAMES V. DOLSON
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