PRINT June 1962

On Criticism

“A few quite simple lessons:

That statements on art make the same sense that we expect to find in statements about any other subject.

That critics be knowledgeable, sensitive, honest, literate and artistic.

That critics know what they are talking about, and talk only about what they know. This is not to say that there are no problems, difficulties, even mysteries in the realm of art. There are many. But it is one thing to admit their existence, and another to write as if they did not exist.

That it be possible in reading criticism, to distinguish between statements of facts and other kinds of statements.

The artists not be silent when their works are wrongly described or when their intentions are misrepresented.”

Sidney Geist in SCRAP #4, February 16, 1961


DEAR JOHN IRWIN; My associate and I are glad to have you quote SCRAP in your first issue. And I wish to thank you for inviting

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