PRINT April 1969




I am referring to Mr. Hilton Kramer’s letter, published in your remarkable March issue.

Mr. Kramer has every reason to reject the suggestion that his review of the Studio Museum show derived from a sense of guilt or from racism. Had I made such a charge, he ought immediately to have filed suit for libel. As a matter of fact, my respect for Mr. Kramer as a critic is such that I more or less accepted his judgments at face value; nowhere did I write a word about his review. What I spoke to in my article was a general problem that Mr. Kramer had himself raised and that had nothing directly to do with his judgments on the work presented in the show. (At that, I only used the word “guilt” because he had and because it is one of my pet peeves; admittedly, I meant to needle him a bit.) I can only assume from Mr. Kramer’s harsh reaction that some graceless remark on my part deeply offended him

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