PRINT November 2000




To the Editor:

In crediting the influence of Clement Greenberg for the change of art writing from the “moody prose published in Art News” to a more pragmatic style, your reviewer of Amy Newman’s Challenging Art: Artforum 1962-1974 [Yve-Alain Bois, “Phil Said, They Said,” October 2000] is mistaken (at least in my case). I was the most widely published writer of articles in Artforum up to 1970, and I was well aware of the Magazine of Art edited by Robert Goldwater from 1943 to 1953 and his antipoetic approach to art writing. In addition, I was an admirer of Lawrence Alloway’s many wide-angled articles in Art International and elsewhere in the late ’50s, which were also written in a pragmatic style. I did not regard myself as a critic but as an artist who wrote on artists I admired for the benefit of the art audience. (Nor did I write only on art; I was coauthor with Robert Bell

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