Despite the criticasters, is it not interesting that Kitaj commands the respect and affection of painters as fine as Bacon, Hockney, Freud, Kossoff, Auerbach, Hodgkin and Andrews? And of American and British poets such as Basil Bunting, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Hugh MacDiarmid, John Ashbery, Christopher Middleton and myself? And this has been true for over 30 years in most cases.
It is useful to quote from a letter written by Ferruccio Busoni in 1904, on a train between New York and Chicago:
Artists are only there for artists: everything to do with critics, schools and teachers is stupid and dangerous rubbish.
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