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Walter Lippmann

R. B. Kitaj (American, 1932–2007). Walter Lippmann, 1966. Oil on canvas, 74 1/8 x 86 1/8 inches (188.3 x 218.8 cm), framed. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1967 (K1967:4). © The Estate of R. B. Kitaj, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York.

Artists on Art: R. B. Kitaj on Walter Lippmann

September 15, 2017

In the 1960s, the Albright-Knox wrote to a selection of artists to ask for statements about their work. R. B. Kitaj responded with thoughts about his painting Walter Lippmann.

“There is no, or very little question of, ultimate meanings, as, I think, issues of meaning are far less clear than is often supposed, even in simple, abstract art. I wish this could be less the case, or, better yet—I would like to develop into a switch-hitter and divide my time among the very complex, the very fresh and simple, the clearer meaning, the very difficult . . .”

R. B. Kitaj was far more succinct on his feelings about Walter Lippmann, 1966, one of nearly eighty works by the artist in the Albright-Knox’s collection. “Let me say at once that Walter Lippmann is just about my favorite among the very few pictures I’ve made which I care for at all.”

Content taken from Letters from 31 Artists to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo: The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, 1970). 

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