PRINT November 1981


The feeling of happiness produced by indulgence of a wild, untamed craving is incomparably more intense than is the satisfying of a curbed desire.

—Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents

The Grandfather Principle

THIS SO-CALLED “NEW” EXPRESSIONISM currently being heralded by old media trumpets is a false Expressionism. Hilton Kramer has written in the New York Times (July 12, 1981) that “it signals a shift in the life of the culture—in the whole complex of ideas, emotions and dispositions that at any given moment governs our outlook on art and experience,” and that like “every genuine change of style” it is “a barometer of changes greater than itself.” At the other extreme—every new art must run the gamut of critical opinion to win the right to pride—Thomas Lawson, speaking in Artforum (Summer 1981, p. 91) of Julian Schnabel, who by reason of the prestige of the galleries he has

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