Magazine February 6, 2012, Issue

The Higher Silliness

Outside the Guggenheim in New York City, February 17, 2010 (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

The first thing I saw on entering the atrium of the Guggenheim was a horse suspended in a sling ten feet above the ground. The sling went under the belly of the beast (as it were), leaving its head, legs, and tail drooping down dolefully. A great many other things were also suspended from the atrium’s skylight 96 feet above. Consulting the catalogue, I learned the precise number of things: 128. I learned too that the horse had been produced by taxidermy, and that with its sling, rope, and pulley it formed a work of art with the title “Novecento”

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