Art: American Abroad

Gertrude Stein, with that clarity of hers which has served to confuse an entire generation, remarked of John Ferren in Everybody's Autobiography: "He is the only American painter foreign painters in Paris consider a painter and whose painting interests them. He is young yet and might, only perhaps nobody can, do that thing called abstract painting. The minute painting gets abstract, it gets pornographic. . . ."

Although 1) a great many artists have been doing more or less abstract painting for 30 years, and 2) most of it can be pornographic only to the pornographic, Pundit Stein's judgment of Artist Ferren...

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