A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 16, 1964

MORE than any other publication in the world, TIME makes consistent use of and gives international exposure to the art of portraiture. Our cover is almost always a painting of an individual by a contemporary artist, who not only limns a likeness but also makes a statement through his treatment of both the subject and the background. Last week a new exhibition of original paintings for the cover of TIME opened a North American tour at the Atlanta Art Association.

When TIME readers see such a collection of cover paintings, they often express surprise...

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