PRINT Summer 1968




I’ve just finished reading, with great interest and amusement, an article by Dan Flavin entitled “. . . on an American artist’s education.” (March, 1968.) This piece is most undeniably topical and labels accurately enough much of the ridiculous nonsense which passes for an adequate professional preparation in our colleges, universities, and art schools. Being myself a product of such an “education,” I can certainly sympathize with Mr. Flavin’s annoyance although I do believe that, at times, it gets to be somewhat excessive. What particularly rankled my tender sensibilities was his constant pejorative use of the phrase “art historical” as a blanket adjective for evil incarnate. Unfortunately, I do not believe that his corrective measures are adequate to the magnitude of the problem and, at worst, they are merely utopian.

—John F. Moffitt

Assistant Professor of Art

East Carolina University

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