PRINT Summer 1972




I’m not happy to be in the middle of a controversy between two critics who seem to take kindly to my work; but I can’t help commenting on Lawrence Alloway’s overkill of Diane Waldman’s essay in her recent book (Roy Lichtenstein by Diane Waldman, Harry N. Abrams).

From its awkward and inflammatory title on, the Alloway piece exceeds the boundaries of a book review; for example, to go as far as faulting Waldman for omitting Blam from my Guggenheim exhibition, 1969, when in fact Blam had been committed to another show and was unavailable.

But it is the unusual hostility toward Diane Waldman throughout his article which seems most objectionable and which makes it difficult to see his review as motivated solely by the search for esthetic truth.

—Roy Lichtenstein

New York City

Lawrence Alloway replies:

About Blam: the owner of the painting told me, at the time of the Guggenheim show, that

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