PRINT October 1982



To the Editor:

I was astounded by Mr. Donald Kuspit’s review (Artforum, May 1982) of my exhibition “Statements: Leading Contemporary Artists from France.” Mr. Kuspit has of course the right to dislike all the artists chosen for the exhibition, but I want to take issue with him on his disparaging comments about the French Government, particularly as all his arguments are based on a quite fantastic abuse of dialectics.

Mr. Kuspit has recourse to a number of very simple techniques in his attempt to throw discredit on the French Government. He starts with the subjective impression that the exhibition was bureaucratic, and without asking himself whether his impression corresponds to the objective situation, he goes on to treat us to an analysis of the -grimmest mechanisms of centralized and totalitarian bureaucracy. Not everyone who works behind a desk is a bureaucrat. France does have a Ministry

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