PRINT January 1965



Dear Sir:

I admire Max Kozloff’s writing but differ substantially with his view on why Abstract Expressionism as a movement has declined.

In the first place, I do not agree that Abstract Expressionism “committed su­icide.” The movement is still very much alive, although obviously past its prime years. In the second place, Mr. Kozloff leaves the impression that “Action Painting” failed because it was based on an unrealistic premise. He states that “there proved to be an inevitable contradiction between the hope that a unique fugitive physical performance could be embodied in paint, and the static, immobile condition of that very paint, which would freeze, not a performance but only its traces.”

In other words, Kozloff is saying that the Abstract Expressionists were attempting something which proved both physically and esthetically impossible to achieve. If this is so, it is difficult to

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