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Leo Steinberg

Leo Steinberg was a beacon of twentieth-century art criticism. Whether in his trailblazing interpretations of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, and Jasper Johns, his revelatory understanding of Monet’s late work, or his contributions to Renaissance art history, Steinberg’s enduring faith that “the eye is a part of the mind” freed his thought and writing from the orthodoxies of the age. In the years before his death this past March, Steinberg gave his last interviews to curator ACHIM HOCHDÖRFER, who here presents their wide-ranging conversations for the first time.

Leo Steinberg, 1987. Photo: Pamela Blackwell.

WHEN I VISITED LEO STEINBERG for the first time, in September 2009 in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, he welcomed me in fluent, accent-free German. Despite his eighty-nine years, he made an agile impression, and everything he said was marked by a rock-solid decisiveness and intellectual

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