PRINT December 2017


New Objectivity

Adrian Piper responds to the editors’ response to her letter in the Summer 2017 issue:

I APPRECIATE the editors’ impassioned defense of “the writer or viewer’s right—indeed, responsibility—to have independent thoughts,” of “the integrity of alternative interpretations,” and of “acknowledg[ing], more broadly, the reception of an artwork in the larger world” in response to my letter [“Matters of Fact,” Artforum, Summer 2017]. I think we can all agree that having independent thoughts is a good thing, as are alternative interpretations and a larger world beyond “the artist’s point of view” in which art is received.

However, the editors’ independent thoughts have, in this case, led them to another factual error. They state that I claim in my original letter to have “first used the Solzhenitsyn quotation at issue here in 2003,” etc. In fact I did not claim that. A review of my

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