A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 3, 1961

TIME is primarily a word magazine. But from the beginning it has used pictures to make a point, to document, to illustrate, to provoke interest. Back in 1945 TIME also launched into color — primarily on the art pages, where it seemed insufficient merely to describe a painting in words and inadequate to print it in black and white when its values so often depended on its colors. The result of this longstanding color program has been a week-by-week history of art, past and present, that is unmatched anywhere, in any magazine. The earliest crude beauty of Sumerian sculpture, the high...

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