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Max Kozloff papers, circa 1950-2015

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as five series

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1955-1970
2 folders
Box 1

Biographical material dates from circa 1955-1970 and is awards and a few photographs of Max Kozloff.
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Awards, 1965-1969
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Photographs, circa 1955-1970
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Series 2: Correspondence , 1961-2014
0.6 Linear Feet
Box 1

Correspondence dates from 1961-2014 and is predominately professional in nature, relating to Kozloff's work as an art critic, author, and photographer. The series is mostly letters written to Kozloff, many in response to articles and reviews he wrote for The Nation and Artforum, however there are a few back and forth exchanges. Kozloff maintained a letter writing relationship with the photographer David Strick, exchanging ideas about art and politics. Appreciation letters are from Marcia Tucker, Leo Steinberg, Francesca Woodman, and others. Thank you notes are from Jasper Johns, Lucas Samaras, Robert Motherwell, Leo Steinberg, Robert Irwin, Fairfield Porter, and others. Outgoing letters are to The Nation, New York Times, Peter Plagens, Amy Goldin, Lucy Lippard, Joyce and Nikolas Kozloff, Willa Samors Lawall (former classmate at University of Chicago), and others.
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Antin, David, 2008
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3
Ashton, Dore, 1968 May 8
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Brach, Peter, 1974 June 10
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John Canaday, 1961 February 28
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Crockett, John, 1974 September 12
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Davis, Ron and Others, circa 1970
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8
DeCarava, Roy (regarding photography), 2001 January 13
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Denman, John, 1965 June 26
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10
Flusser, Vilém, 1987
Includes unpublished lecture by Flusser, "Immaterialism"
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Frankenstein, Alfred, 1969
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12
Freedman, Betty, 1964
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13
Fuller, Peter, 1977 January 19
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14
Greenberg, Clement, 1962
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Hare, Chauncey, 1979-1980
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Hatch, Robert (concerning publication of Renderings), 1969 April 14
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Hatch, Robert to the Ingram Merrill Foundation, 1964 November 6
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Herbert, Robert, 1975
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19
Heron, Patrick, 1963 July 25
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20
Hess, Thomas B., 1970-1971
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21
Hills, Patricia, 1974 October 17
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22
Hoelterhoff, Manuela to Charles Cowles, 1976 January 13
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23
Hopps, Shirley, 1965 November 15
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Incao, Philip F., 1962 April 20
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Jeffrey, Ian, 1987-2010
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Jeffrey, Ian (regarding photography), 2009, 1987
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Johns, Jasper, 1965
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Kaprow, Allan, 1967 July 15
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Klein, William (regarding National Arts Club Gold Medal for Photography), 2004 May 3
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Kunzle, David, 1979 March 4
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Leider, Phil, 1967, 1970
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Lopes-Rey, Jose, 1964 October 12
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Mansfield, Robert, 1975
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Meyer, Pedro, circa 2000, 1982-1987
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Meyer, Pedro (regarding photography), 1984 January 23
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Meyers, John, 1965 March 18
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Miller, Edwin, 1969 April 25
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Motherwell, Robert, 1969 March 27
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Newman, Barnet to Carey McWilliams, Editor at The Nation, 1966 June 8
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Nochlin, Linda, 1973 April 23
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Pincus-Witten, Robert, 1965 January 18
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Proweller, William, 1974 March 4
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Reff, Ted, 1971 December 18
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Rivers, Larry, 1965
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Rubin, Arnold, 1977, 1976
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Schapiro, Miriam, 1979 March 25
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Slavin, Neal, 1974
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Sontag, Susan, 1976 March 27
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Steinberg, Leo, 1967, 1965
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Strick, David, 1999-2014
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Taylor, Joshua, 1963 September 9
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Varnedoe, Kirk, 1978 September 2
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Walch, Peter to the New York Times, 1975 December 23
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Appreciation Letters, 1962-1991
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Thank You Letters, 1962-2002
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Letters Regarding Kozloff's Resignation from Artforum, 1977
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Outgoing Letters, 1961-2006
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Outgoing Letters, Complaints, 1970-1996
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Outgoing Letter, Artforum Editor's Reply to Hilton Kramer's Criticism of Policy, 1977
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Series 3: Interviews , 1993-2014
4 folders
Box 1

Interviews date from 1993, 2004, and 2014. Two interview transcripts are from 1993, including an interview by Amy Newman regarding "American Painting and the Cold Way" and an interview by Elaine O'Brien regarding Harold Rosenberg. The 2014 interview by Annette Leddy was conducted for the Archives of American Art Oral History Program. One transcript is an unpublished conversation between Kozloff and Bill Beckley from 2004.
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Max Kozloff Interview by Amy Newman, Transcript, 1993 June 22
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Max Kozloff Interview by Elaine O'Brien, Transcript, 1993
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Conversation Between Max Kozloff and Bill Beckley, Transcript, 2004
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Max Kozloff Interview by Annette Leddy, Transcripts, 2014
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Series 4: Writings , circa 1950-2015
0.6 Linear Feet
Box 1-2

Writings date from circa 1950-2015 and include published and unpublished works by Kozloff and a few writings by others. Found here are artist statements, book chapters and proposals including a memoir about art criticism in the 1960s, essays, lectures, and other writings. Artist statements were written for Kozloff's photography exhibitions and include slides of his work and printed material. Some early essays are from his time as a student.
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Artist Statements, 1978-2015
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Books
The Theatre of the Face, 2007
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Proposal, "Paris/New York", circa 2000
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Proposal, "A Study of Color Photography", 2009
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Prospectus, "New York, Capital of Photography", 1999
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Essays
"Argument for a Political Strike" (unpublished), 1969
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"As Luck Would Have It: The Element of Chance in Photography" (unpublished), 2010-2013
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"British Painting in 1963", 1963
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[Claude Cahun], 2008
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[Color in Art], circa 1960
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[Courbet's L'Atelier], 1964
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"Critical Reflections", 1997
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"The Digital Worm in the Photograph of the Apple", circa 1993
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"Genre Slippage in Portrait Photography", 2008
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"The Grandeurs and Miseries of the College Art Association" (unpublished), 1973
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[George Inness], circa 1956
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"Informal Study of Late Monet", 1950s
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"La Dolce Vita and L'Avventura as Works of Art" (unpublished), 1961
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"Liberalism and the Avant-Garde" (unpublished), circa 1960
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[On a Group Portrait by Malick Sidibé], 2000s
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[The Problem of Blur in Photography] (unpublished), 1989
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"Two Vignettes of the New York Art Strike" (unpublished), 1970
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Lectures
"The Alarming Thing About Surrealist Painting," Stony Brook, circa 1978
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"American Art Criticism in the 60s: A Memoir," University of Virginia, Richmond, and Virginia Museum of Fine Art, 1990s
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"American Happiness Poses of the 1950s," Tampa Society of Photographic Education, circa 1990
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"Art in Chicago, the 1950s," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1991
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"Art Criticism in the 70s," Stony Brook, 1979
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"Ben Shahn and New York Street Photography" (incomplete), 2000s
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"Chutzpah in Three Movements: The Photography of Weegee, William Klein, and Frederic Brenner," University of South Carolina, 2005
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"Diego Rivera," Grand Palais, Paris, circa 1976
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"A Few Wrinkles in Portrait Photography," The Photographers Gallery, London, 2009
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"The Further Adventures of Color Photography," The Getty, 1990s
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"Genre Shifts in Photography," Art Gallery of Ontario, 1974
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"The Interrogation of Photography by Art," Israel, 1991
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"The Ironies of Conservatism" (possibly given at the Philadelphia Museum of Art), 1970s
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"Lisette Model and Photography in New York City," Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2010
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"Lou Faurer's New York," Chicago Art Institute, 2002
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"The Medusa Syndrome," Columbia University, 1992
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"On the Appetite for Color," Pratt Institute, 1985
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"On Street Photography," Photographic Resource Center, Boston, 1995
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"On Trust and Belief in Photography," University of New Mexico, 1978
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"Photography and Comedy," Photographic Resource Center, Boston, 1970s
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"Photography of Human Duress," Centre D'Hautes Etudes, Vevey, Switzerland, 1998
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"Problems of Photographic Perception," Australia, 1978
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"Remarks on Style in Portraiture," Gulbenkian Foundation, 1988
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"The Space of Photojournalism," Brown University, 1992
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"The Tension Between Aesthetics and Morality," Yivo Institute of Jewish Record, 1970s
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"Weegee and Arbus: Chutzpah in Two Movements," West End Synagogue, 2010
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"When Words Fail," International Center for Photography Symposium, 1980s
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Other Writings
"Argument Between Two Critics About the 'Offensive' of Art", 1993
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Articles about Art in Cuba, Published in the Village Voice, 1977
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Book Review, Bloomingdale's, Diana Vreeland, and the New Aristocracy of Taste in Reagan's America, by Debora Silverman, 1970s
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Complaint About a Panel on Greenberg at College Art Association Conference, 1995
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Contribution to a Panel on Art Criticism for the Brooklyn Rail, Edited by Irving Sandler, 2000s
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Proposed Course at the School of Visual Arts, "Visual Perception", 1980s
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Prospectus for a Course at the School of Visual Arts, "Documentary Tradition", 1990s
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Proposed Course for Masters Program in Photography at the School of Visual Arts, "Thinking Vision", 1993
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Excised Section on Bill Beckley from "Through the Narrative Portal," published in Artforum, 1986
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In Memoria, John Coplans, 2004
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Notes on Editorial Options of Artforum, 1974
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Notes for a Series of Lectures, "The Relation Between Truth and Fiction in Photographic Culture", 2000s
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Notes on Jewish Sensibility in New York Photography for Panel at the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, 2003
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Précis of a Talk at College Art Association Conference, "Photojournalism and Truth", 1990s
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Recommendations, 1970s-1990s
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Reflections on Motivations of the Murders, September 11, 2001
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Rejected Review of Museum of Modern Art Exhibition, "American Politicians Photographs from 1843-1993", circa 1994
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Statement of Ad Hoc Group for Israeli Newspapers after Shatila Massacre, circa 1982
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Writing by Ian Jeffrey, Reader's Report for Theatre of the Face, 2006
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Writing by Philip Lopate about Kozloff, 2015
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Series 5: Printed Material , 1965-2015
8 folders
Box 2

Printed material dates from 1965-2015 and is announcements, clippings, press releases, price lists, and a few folders that are related by subject. Announcements include flyers, posters, and brochures, and advertise for lectures, symposia, exhibitions, and other events that Kozloff participated in. Clippings are from newspapers and magazines and are reviews, interviews, and articles relating to Kozloff and his work. Printed material by subject, predominantly clippings, relates to art and politics, protests during the Vietnam War, the controversy over the December 1975 issue of Artforum, and two of Kozloff's books.
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Announcements, 1969-2015
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Clippings, 1965-2008
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Press Releases and Price List, 1968-1993
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By Subject
Art and Politics, 1970-1984
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Artists Protest Against Vietnam War, 1970, 1967
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Controversy Over Artforum's Issue on Art and Politics, 1975
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Jasper Johns, 1969
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Renderings, 1969
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