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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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To the Editor:

A few observations prompted by Arthur Danto’s recent review of Florence Rubenfeld’s Clement Greenberg: A Life [March]: More noteworthy than my report of Greenberg’s observation about his power in the art world is the significance of the Bennington Seminars. Ms. Rubenfeld’s book weighs facts straightforwardly and with ease, but another book is needed to consider Greenberg’s critical thought that evolved from his practiced empiricism and his consolidation of the best thought of his forerunners. By the end of the ’60s Greenberg enthusiasts had codified his inquiry and had narrowed the richness of his discernment to a matter of “formal problems.”

At Bennington College we had witnessed his critiques as a commentator on senior art exhibitions, which expanded sensuously and conceptually the transaction between the visual realm and the viewer. I was aligned with

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