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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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To the Editor:

Lisa Liebmann’s article on Thierry de Cordier [“Sermon on the Mound,” January ’99] is the smartest piece of art writing I have ever read. It is intelligent and imaginative, and like a poet, Liebmann finds allusions in every direction. For the last few weeks I have been carrying her essay along on my travels and rereading it. I was impressed with her ability to situate de Cordier in the recent history of Belgian artists, kooky and less so, and at the same time to make visible the landscape he so starkly evokes. There is something darkly European about his work, but, lacking Liebmann’s visual vocabulary, I cannot evoke it except to mention Beuys and Kiefer.

Liebmann’s essay got me to reflect on the American landscape, which seems to have few if any of the elements de Cordier uses so effectively. If his techniques were applied to, say, the American West—the

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