- Aug 15, 2017
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It is an interesting argument and actually one that I have made as well. I think you would have to contend with a number of jazz musicians (being the uniquely american art form but there may not be consensus on "best in class") as well as Bob Dylan.I think he is America's greatest artist in a major art form. He modestly placed himself as the most important architect since Palladio. I agree, and I can't think of any other major American artist, in a major art form, who might be the consensus "best in the world over the last 400 years in his discipline". Is there an American novelist, poet, painter, or composer looked upon as the best in his field over that time period?
I often make this point when the subject of FLW comes up in conversation. People are, almost invariably shocked at the contention, but usually can't come up with American artists in other fields who can contend as the best, worldwide, over 400 years.
I think you would also have to contend with people who raise issues with leaks and engineering issues and the relatively narrow scope of portfolio which was constructed (being overwhelmingly residential).
I'd be tempted to offer Warren Buffett as well. Though most wouldn't consider investing as an art form Buffett makes the analogy regularly