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"Jasper Johns: Gray" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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OUR LONG CULTURAL NIGHTMARE WILL
SOON BE OVER

by Jerry Saltz



While many Americans carry Bush Countdown Clocks -- today ticking at 326 days -- last night at a big art-world bash more than a few disbelieving yet ecstatic art-worlders were burbling about creating "Thomas Krens Countdown Clocks." Thatís because on Wednesday evening news spread that Krens, the Guggenheim Museumís controversial dictatorial head for almost 20 years -- 7,300 days, for clock-watchers -- will be stepping down from his post. Well, not quite stepping down; heíll oversee the creation of the gargantuan 452,000-square-foot Frank Gehry-designed museum in Abu Dhabi. (According to the New York Times, heíll stay on in his current position until a successor is found.)

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