goldfinger
“Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s shiny goddess is certainly perfect in a setting named after a metals magnate who inspired the James Bond villain Goldfinger,” Bloomberg art critic Linda Yablonsky writes in a review of the Metropolitan Museum’s newly renovated Charles Engelhard Court, going on to note that Engelhard’s “eccentric biography is retailed in Michael Gross’s new Rogues’ Gallery.” She finds the new courtyard “impersonal and antiseptic.” After a visit on Monday, I thought it palatial but glacial — rather like the complex lives of the family it is named for. I hope Yablonsky hasn’t risked her access to the Met with that mention; she’s the only art critic in the county who has dared speak the name of the three-week old book that has proved to be anathema to the museum and its powerful supporters in society and the media. Truth may be beauty, but not in the glass house that is the Engelhard Court. Bravo to Bloomberg, which covers the museum without fear or favor.