PRINT December 1966




David Bourdon quotes Mondrian: “True art like true life takes a single road.” Many a one will surely find the true truth in this statement. But what if every road has its turning?

In your October issue the subtractionist critics and their followers, the artists, all seem to be moving straight ahead with their history of modernist art; and even poor old Picasso is being separated from the bunch (since 1945).

I can see it now. Old Tom Hess, unmoved since 1960, sends old Harold Rosenberg out on a search. Somewhere far from the crossroads, in the academic jungle near the graves of Le Brun and Bougereau, we hear his hushed voice crackling out, “Eh? Eh? Dr. Greenberg, I presume.”

G. R. Swenson

New York City


While I have no wish to quarrel with Robert Pincus-Witten’s appreciation of Lawrence Alloway’s Systemic Painting exhibition (Artforum, November, 1966 ), I do feel that certain of

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