PRINT January 1971




In his zeal to make Theodore Roosevelt appear a capable, even knowledgeable, critic of the Armory Show of 1913, Joseph Masheck (November) finds it necessary to support his case by being even more critical of a writer on that exhibition than was Roosevelt himself.

The writer is William Murrell Fisher (not Fischer, as Mr. Masheck has it three times in his article and notes); the piece which drew Roosevelt’s fire and now draws Mr. Masheck’s was entitled “Sculpture at the Exhibition” and appeared in the March, 1913, number of Arts and Decoration, a few days before the Armory Show opened. What Mr. Masheck calls a “pretentious essay” was no longer than one and a half regular columns in Artforum and, with its three illustrations, occupied pages 168 and 169. Of the paragraph which offended Roosevelt, Mr. Masheck says that its author “pompously writes that ’the purposeful exaggeration of

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