PRINT Summer 1971




I have read with tremendous interest Rosalind Krauss’ article on the Cubist exhibition assembled by Douglas Cooper (Artforum, February 1971). Even though it may appear somewhat late to comment on it, I cannot resist the temptation to bring to your attention a footnote that Clive Bell appended to his book on “Art” which first appeared in 1913:

“Anyone who has visited the very latest French exhibitions will have seen scores of what are called ‘Cubist’ pictures. These afford an excellent illustration of my thesis. Of a hundred cubist pictures three or four will have artistic value. Thirty years ago the same might have been said of ‘Impressionist’ pictures; forty years before that of romantic pictures in the manner of Delacroix. The explanation is simple—the vast majority of those who paint pictures have neither originality nor any considerable talent. Left to themselves they would

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