Art for art’s sake

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I was sad­dened to see the fate that has be­fallen the legacy of Don­ald Friend (“Art of Dark­ness”, Oct 21-2). Any­one fa­mil­iar with his su­perb di­aries would know there was no more sear­ing critic of him­self as both an artist and a man than Friend him­self. If works of art are to be judged as a re­flec­tion of the moral fail­ings of their cre­ators, the walls of our gal­leries and shelves of our li­braries would be stripped bare. I fear that the dead­en­ing cli­mate of opin­ion that be­dev­illed Bill Hen­son some years back is alive and well.

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