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Sidney Tillim began his career as an art critic by answering a “Help Wanted” ad in the back of Arts Digest. It was 1953, and at the time, he was an occasional sports reporter and a struggling painter who had recently attended Syracuse University (alma mater also to Hilton Kramer, Clement Greenberg, and college friend Sol LeWitt) on the GI Bill. Tillim started writing about art for the money, such as it was: four dollars per review. After he was fired in the mid-’50s for doing the galleries in tennis shoes, Kramer invited him back to the retitled Arts Magazine, and in 1959 he became a full-time writer, producing articles and reviews at the breakneck pace of up to fifty an issue—steady employment that still left him two weeks a month to concentrate on painting. The striving son of working-class, Orthodox Jewish parents in Virginia, Tillim (1925–2001) saw his magazine work as a way to earn

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