A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 8, 1979

l wanted to be a painter," recalls Senior Writer Robert I Hughes, "and my parents wanted me to be a lawyer, so we compromised on an occupation that supposedly combines professionalism with creativity—that of architect." An Australian, Hughes enrolled in the University of Sydney and, as he tells it, received training that "was totally useless for someone who really wanted to be a local parody of Willem de Kooning." Quitting the five-year program after four years, Hughes still retained a deep interest in the art he discusses in this week's cover story on American...

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