PRINT January 1970




Judging from the look of your latest issues, your offices have been “liberated” by Systems, dirt, mirrors, Robert Smithson, Non-Sites, Post-Non-Sites, oil-soaked towels, U.S. Army cartographers, molten lead, flour, on-location travelogues, Cybernetic Big Brothers, Pre-Neo and Post-Happenings, Jack Burnham, polyethylene heavens and ream after ream of apologia.

If the foregoing is facetious, let it at least convey a misgiving: the artists so heavily featured in your recent issues are enjoying rather ominously wide attention of late. My quarrel is not in all cases with their work but rather with the attention itself, which reflects a snow-balling enthusiasm of art writers for militantly conceptual art.

Granting that you’ve kept at least a modicum of balance in the past, one sensed even then, and now begins to get the real odor of, a creeping ideological dogmatism; a Techno-Cultural

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