Ronald Feldman

  • THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

    Last November, the Democratic National Committee asked New York gallerist Ronald Feldman to submit documents to the transition team of President-Elect Bill Clinton in support of the National Endowment for the Arts. To write the proposal Feldman enlisted Maurice Berger, a frequent contributor to Artforum. The proposal, which we are happy to publish below, was sent to the president-elect in early December with supporting signatures representing a broad spectrum of the nation’s cultural communities.
    The Editors

    OVER THE PAST 12 years, our country has faced a serious crisis as a powerful minority of religious and political activists has attempted to stifle cultural freedom. For artists and other cultural figures, no form of interference has been more dramatic than the destructive limitations imposed on the National Endowment for the Arts since 1981. During the past decade, the NEA, an organization established to further the availability and excellence of the arts in the United States, has been under attack, its programs and awards subject to arbitrary acts of censorship and repression. The Endowment’s

  • LEONARDO: THE SILENT LANGUAGE OF HIDDEN IMAGES AND MOVING PICTURES

    Pre-imagining is the imagining of things that are to be.

    Post-imagining is the imagining of things that are past.


    —Leonardo1

    Despite the many published volumes on Leonardo and the universal recognition of his contribution to human knowledge, a full realization of how his interdisciplinary research was integrated into his art, though assumed, still eludes us. Most of the important contributions in deciphering Leonardo’s work have been made almost departmentally—discipline by discipline. For example, in the late 1500s, the sculptor and collector Pompeo Leoni carefully cut out from Leonardo’s drawings