Abstract Art Belongs in “the Trash Heap of Art History”

(p. A20) . . . , Mr. Safer sometimes raised hackles, as when he questioned the basic premise of abstract art in a 1993 report, calling much of it “worthless junk” destined for “the trash heap of art history” and saying it was overvalued by the “hype” of critics, art dealers and auction houses. The art world recoiled, but Mr. Safer, who described himself as a “Sunday painter,” stood his ground.

For the full obituary, see:

ROBERT D. McFADDEN. “Morley Safer, Chronicler of Vietnam and Mainstay of ’60 Minutes,’ Dies at 84.” The New York Times (Fri., May 20, 2016): A20.

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(Note: the online version of the obituary has the date May 19, 2016, and has the title “Morley Safer, Mainstay of ’60 Minutes,’ Is Dead at 84.”)

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