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Daniel Robbins, assistant curator of the Guggenheim Museum, declared that
The last 75 years have taught us that
Ad Reinhardt, a distinguished painter, disagreed with Robbins, arguing that "the government should move in directly and clean up the corruption in the art market. There is public consensus on acceptable standards, he asserted. "What we need is a federal bureau of the arts, and art anti-trust suits to protect free enterprise in this business."
Had "Stifling Influence"
When Robbins pointed out that in the past official art-promoting institutions like the French Academy had a "stifling influence" on art, Reinhardt replied that "the artist's relationship with the market place is a lot unhappier than his relationship to government may have been in the past."
Clement Greenberg, noted author and art critic, found that the difficulty of defining standards varies with the form of art. While he sanctioned federal support in architecture and music, "the disastrous record of the Guggenheim Fellowships in painting and sculpture makes me doubt that support would be a good idea in those areas." Instead he urged more state and local action.
To this, architect and theatre director Hermann Herrey was rather cold. He said simply that "only the most inept government would interfere with the artist while interfering with the market."
Marshall Cohen, assistant professor of Philosophy, moderated the discussion. A further interested party was the Young Americans for Freedom, who picketed the hald and distributed leaflets preaching that subsidies imply political control.
Today at 2:30 p.m. the third and last Arts Festival panel will discuss how public support can be made to work.