PRINT Summer 1979



To the Editor:

Nancy Grove is writing her dissertation on Isamu Noguchi, but if her scholarly detachment is as flawed in that exercise as it was in her curtly dismissive article-cum-review of my book, her examiners will have cause for concern.

She writes that my book is long on reproductions and “short on text”—although my 40,000 words represent double the normal contemporary monograph, either in the Abrams series or in museum publications on individual artists.

By willfully editing out and thus distorting my concluding quotation, she makes it sound as if I were lacking a point of view, and vacillating in judgment: “Hunter calls the text an ‘interim report’ and declares ‘as to the totality of his career . . . we must reserve judgment.” Then she intones most severely, and self-righteously: “Certainly the final verdict is not yet in, but judgment is implicit in a text that discusses a 50-year

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