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SCRIBD.COM ...AS A FIELD OF BATTLE... REPORT OF A PERPLEXING EVENT.by Paul Henrickson, Ph.D.At a time, seemingly, when politicians the world round are calling each other liars and many inpower in some of the worlds most powerful nations do not bother to defend themselves against thecharge it should. I imagine, not come to me as a surprise that some academics, taken up by thispeculiar mode, should abandon the traditional pursuit of truth in favour of threats of suits for libel.I will leave it up to the readers of this document to make up their own minds as to whether thedemanded apology or deletion is warranted.In this instance the cause stems from a misreading, by an academic, of a reference made in an articleof mine published onwww.scribd.comentitled:KATZ,ALEX: Some random notes on and Jacob Lawrence
©2007
(the offending passage isnear the end of this piece and references a new academic program instituted at The University of Malta.)
The following comes from a document file I have saved on two American artists, one, AlexKatz, and the other Jacob Lawrence: 
the text in brown are my comments to selected comments
 
published by the museum
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Alex Katz one of the most influential American artists of the past 50 years,
What has this person influenced? And in what ways?
presents many of his celebrated portraits
who has celebrated these portraits that are distinguished from those of a child only interms of their neatness. I do not mean to suggest that the work of a child is lacking, thatwould be an interpretation going in the wrong direction. The work of a child is generallythe best expression he can make at that moment. Can the same be said of Katz¶s work..I think not.
and of his distinguished circle of friends, including poets, writers and artists
I guess Katz has a lot of friends, and a great deal of company so he simply lacks thetime to grow as an artist and since his friends, presumably, all support him he has notmotivation to grow.
views of the city, with its famous Manhattan sky line and Modernist architecture.
 
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I suppose one cannot argue with ³famous´ but modernist is another matter especiallysince the advent of Dubai
made up the artist¶s circle of friends and whose names constitute a veritable who¶s who of NewYork cultural life.
Someone has not been looking in the right direction.
He became widely known internationally following a large-scale retrospective at the WhitneyMuseum of American Art in 1986 and a print retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1988.These were followed by major exhibitions of portraits and landscapes at the Saatchi Gallery,London, 1998, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, 1999, and Kunst undAusstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn,
Even Germans, or, perhaps, most especially Germans, might be forgiven for theirperfected perceptions since it would be an extraordinary effort since 1945 for a Germanto be at all critical of a Jew
The exhibition is curate by Juan Manuel Bonet, independent curator, consultant, art historian andformer Director of the Reina Sofía National Museum of Modern Art, Madrid, who curated a majorexhibition of Katz¶ work at the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM), Valencia, in 1996, andRachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA.Well, Juan Bonet has the distinction of having been a curator at The Reina Sophia NationalMuseum one can only wonder why he left.
Contact IMMA
 Museum Contact Details
Irish Museum of Modern ArtÁras Nua-Ealaíne na hÉireannRoyal HospitalMilitary RoadKilmainhamDublin 8IrelandTelephone: +353-1-6129900Fax: +353-1-612 9999Email:info@imma.ie
The following is from the Museum¶s published description:
³Alex Katz is one of the most important American artists of our time, and his impressive body of work constitutesa unique aspect of modern Realism. In 1992 Alex Katz donated more than 400 of his works to the Colby CollegeMuseum of Art with the understanding that a wing would be built to house them. The Paul J. Schupf Wing for theWorks of Alex Katz, which opened in 1996, was made possible through the generosity of Colby trustee Paul J.Schupf, who contributed the naming gift for the building. The Schupf Wing makes the Colby museum one of thefew in the United States with a wing devoted solely to the work of a living artist.
 
 Beach Sandals (Museum of San Francisco)
 ³Boy with a Hat´ (Museum of Modern Art) ³Ada´ (Addison Gallery American Art.Andover, Massachusetts)
 ³Vincent and Tony´ (Art Institute of Chicago)

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