PRINT October 1977

Reaffirming Painting: A Critique of Structuralist Criticism

If the essence of science, ethics, language, and ceremony is conceptual relationships, then the same might be true of art.

Jack Burnham, The Structure of Art

In this way a mouth is a mouth. In this way if in as a mouth if in as a mouth where, if in as a mouth where and there. Believe they have water too. Believe they have that water too, and blue when you see blue is all blue precious too, is all that that is precious too is all that and they meant to absolve you. In this way Cézanne nearly did nearly in this way. Cézanne nearly did nearly did and nearly did. And was I surprised. Was I very surprised . . .

Gertrude Stein

IN THE ONGOING LATTER-DAY “Seminars” of Clement Greenberg a certain critical direction is already in evidence. Greenberg is heading to the brink of an ideology of art that is rife with destructive, hyper-modernistic tendencies to which he seems oblivious. Like the compass

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