Art: Inside & Out

Selden Rodman has made a, host of both friends and enemies in Manhattan always impassioned, sometimes shrill art world. What excites both camps is Critic Rodman's controversial habit of asking big questions about art and then offering plain answers in book form. Rodman's The Eye of Man (TIME, Nov. 28, 1955) asked whether artists should not "communicate spiritual truth," and replied with an emphatic yes. Now Rodman is deep in a new book, The Insiders, which asks whether artists should not paint what they feel in a recognizable fashion for all to understand. Again he gives the unfashionable answer: "Yes."

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