Gossip: Herbert Muschamp Falls From Grace

Gossip: Herbert Muschamp Falls From Grace

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 28, 2004

What goes up, must come down. Reported today in As Muschamp Goes, Angry Adversaries Ready For Revenge (Observer), Herbert Muschamp, the Times' Architectural Critic for the past 12 years, is stepping down from his post accompanied by cheering critics. While we were not fully aware of the controversy surrounding Muschamp's powerful tenure at The Times, we now are, and he is a sitting duck:

If the transition is self-motivated, it's also, sources at The Times said, a relief to a new crop of editors unwilling to defend, as their predecessors did, the critic's iconoclasm and obscurantism, his unapologetic dilettantism and his unabashed socializing within the highest social circles of the creative world he judges in print. It's a fall from grace that represents the kind of Times-writer morality tale alumni of the paper know all too well. (Observer)

On reading, Muschamps central role in redirecting the World Trade Center Competition that lead to the election of Daniel Libeskind becomes clear as well as his championing of friends and banning of enemies through his print columns. We are suddenly more interested in Herbert Muschamp. MGR

- That Evil Herbert Muschamp (ACDouglas)
- Muschamp To Leave His Post (AchitecturalRecord)
- Herbert Muschamp is Real Gone (2Blowhards)

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