From The Publisher: May 17, 1993

Last month our art critic, Robert Hughes, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a group founded in 1780 by John Adams, the country's second President, to allow people of "genius and learning to cultivate the arts and sciences in the new nation." Considered one of the most prestigious scholarly institutions, its membership is heavily academic. Along with Hughes, only 15 people in the fine-arts fields were elected this year -- among them cellist Yo Yo Ma, choreographer Jerome Robbins and sculptor Richard Serra.

Since 1970, Hughes has filled our magazine's pages with vigorous commentary written at a...

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