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A cluster of concepts that, before the seventies, had together formed the received idea of art and artists came under intense criticism in that decade.

One afternoon in 1985, I rode in a taxi down Broadway with the physicist I.I. Rabi, discussing time and age.

If we think of a historical period as defined by what the French have usefully designated a mentalité--a shared set of attitudes, practices and beliefs--then periods end when one <

A characteristically handsome painting by Joan Mitchell is on view at
the Museum of Modern Art in the exhibition American Art: