PRINT December 1967




Mr. Clement Greenberg has done me the singular honor of mentioning my name in his article in the October, 1967 Artforum. He has called me “wanton” and I must protest his easy assumption of superior virtue. He simply quotes out of context, performing a distortion which Hemingway (to whom in context the reference was clear and meaningful) would have recognized for what it is—a foul.

My essay on Franz Kline was a small attempt to proceed from accurate description of characteristics observable in his paintings to the feelings induced by those characteristics. Such attempts seem to me to be one of the important tasks of criticism which must be undertaken despite their obvious risks. It will be somewhat easier to obtain agreement upon a description of a painting than upon the feeling that flows from the qualities described. We do not need Mr. Greenberg to tell us that only an approximation

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