Clement Greenberg was born in New York in 1909 and graduated from Syracuse University in 1930. He has been an editor of both Partisan Review and Commentary, and was for some years the art critic for The Nation. The collection of his art criticism called Art & Culture, published in 1961, is generally regarded as a classic in its field. Two volumes of his writings on art, Perceptions and Judgments, 1939-1944 and Arrogant Purpose, 1945-1949, edited by John O'Brian, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in the fall of 1986. Mr. Greenberg divides his time between New York City and a house in upstate New York.


The more I pondered these questions about New York the less I felt able to answer them usefully. Where I can offer something to the point—i.e., that the best painting and sculpture over here now seem to be being produced in the...


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