The New York Times declared Maryland's Glenstone to be "like half the National Gallery in your backyard." Well get ready for that to be a lot more backyard, because rich people art patrons Mitchell and Emily Rales are going to expand the art enclave with a second building. The first was a 25,000-square-foot museum designed by Charles Gwathmey, but the companion will be five times as big and designed by Tom Phifer. The Rales sure have a lot of money to play with in the art world, but the President of the "This is not a rich man's toy," said James Cuno, president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust in LA says that doesn't mean you should not take them seriously. ""This is not a rich man's toy....The Rales are serious," quoth he. In real estate news, according to The Times, neighbors have complained about the couple buying up adjacent land to develop it. Nonetheless, you can't help but get the impression the Times is coy with this project, and quite frankly we're on the edge of our seats for the Phifer renderings, too.
· Like Half the National Gallery in Your Backyard [New York Times]