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Sirs:

Painted pattern made its first appearance in Jasper Johns’s work in his recent exhibition at Castelli. Its introduction coincided with a new look; the innovation required a distinct shift from the kind of response previously elicited by Johns’s painting. As your reviewer noted, the exhibition called for a new critical attitude toward Johns and his production. He began bravely by linking its novelty to Matisse and “unfamiliar image units,” but soon retreated to the usual themes of Johns criticism—the dynamic sensuousness of his surfaces and the import of his motifs.

The trouble is that people—including Mr. Perronewill go on identifying pattern with repetition—a mistake that makes the real structural novelty of this work invisible and leaves its new “feel” ungrounded. The fact of the matter is that many of the paintings in this show involve forms of repetition that we have seen

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