FOLK ART vs. BIG MONEY ART - In 2001, the American Folk Art Museum in New York was awarded the "Best Building of 2001", and was thought of as a sign of hope after 2011. But now they are tearing the 12-year-old building down. Next door, the Museum of Modern Art needs the space for their continuing expansion. Across town, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired a major collection of modern art (Picassos, Magrittes, etc), and MOMA wants to keep up. Of course, the loser in this battle for status is the art itself. Folk Art simply doesn't pull in the big investors or the large exhibit traffic. The building's unusual architectural style will be replaced by a rectangular glass facade.