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Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 2-4 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."

 

THE CRITIC CRITIQUED

I am happy to report that Kenworth W. Moffett, for thirteen years curator of modern and contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (among his many other distinctions) has brought his website, Moffett’s Artletter 2.0 up to date with 12 new “writings” on a wide range of subjects. They run a gamut from “How to Talk about Painting” and “Überkitsch and High Modernism” to 6 essays devoted to single artists, starting with Jules Olitski and ending with Moffett’s latest enthusiasm, Peter G. Ray. I, of course, am prejudiced on behalf of this collection because it also includes a long review of my book, A Memoir of Creativity. The beginning and end of the review, dealing with the first and third sections of my book, are short & very favorable, though there are a number of minor factual errors. More importantly, Moffett takes extended issue with my second section, more especially with my theory of multireferential imagery. I have no problem with this. I have long been aware that we have our differences as well as our areas of agreement, but it also may well be that when I have fully digested his criticisms, I will be able to see how to improve upon my previous performance. Enough of introduction! Here’s the link to Moffett’s newest “writings.”
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