Features August 1986
From a special issue printed in the Summer of 1986 entitled "New York in the Eighties, a symposium." Contributors include Hortense Calisher, Chuck Close, Arlene Croce, Clement Greenberg, Mark Helprin, Ada Louise Huxtable, Richard Koshalek, Mimi Kramer, Samuel Lipman, Jed Perl, William Phillips, Alan Rich, Larry Rivers, Barbara Rose, William Schuman, Gerard Schwarz, Hugo Weisgall, & Leon Wieseltier. With an introduction by Hilton Kramer.
Jed Perl was born in New York City in 1951 and has a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia College and a master of fine arts degree from Brooklyn College. He writes regularly on contem¬porary art for The New Criterion, and has also written far Arts Magazine, Art in America, Aperture, The New Republic, and Vogue. He is currently at work on a study of French art since World War I, to be published by North Point Press in Berkeley, California. He lives in New York.
For the artist and the critic, a sense of value, though ultimately based on something like instinct, is shaped by a multitude of encounters with works of art and ideas about art. The experience of older and newer images and ideas, good and bad, and of other people’s reactions to them: all these—together, of course, with one’s reactions to one’s own work and other...
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