PRINT September 1979



To the Editor:

I am surprised that a serious publication such as Artforum would find it appropriate to publish a diatribe in the vein of “What’s All This About Photography?” (Artforum, May 1979). For those of us who are not inclined to Mr. Hennessy’s taste patterns, his arguments are especially disappointing because significant issues in need of examination are glossed over with layers of baroque mystification.

Why is it that the protagonist of one form of visual expression feels the need to attack a different form in such virulent and ungenerous terms? Nowhere, for example, does Mr. Hennessy acknowledge that his preferred artists, de Kooning and Dubuffet, paint in styles which need not describe rational space largely because photography has long since assumed that function, freeing painters to pursue other avenues of expression much more intrinsic to their craft tools.

It would serve little

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