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[New concepts of Modern Art]

Sunday, May 29, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes reports on news items related to a controversy related to painting. Huntington Hartford wrote an article attacking non-figurative art and the Citizens Unions took out an advertisement printing the article.


Controversy followed, Art News magazine demanded equal space to reply. This leads to a discussion of newspaper ethical issues related to the radio concept of equal time to reply. This also brings up the question of whether a newspaper should sell advertising space to anyone who can afford it, or if they should ensure the ad will not be place anyone under attack.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 70354
Municipal archives id: LT6400

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About Lively Arts, The

Legendary critic and author of The Seven Lively Arts Gilbert Seldes discusses big-thinking issues in art and life from his characteristically populist perspective.

Simultaneously a timely and visionary program, Gilbert Seldes's The Lively Arts (1953-1956) examines contemporary issues of 1950s television, radio, and theater, as well as current events and the intellectual arts. Seldes, who was the first Director for Television at CBS News and the founding Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, was also a renowned critic, author, playwright, and editor. As a major social critic and observer, Seldes viewed theater, television, and radio with a prescient eye to the future based on a well-informed understanding of the past. 

These programs feature commentary and discussion on a wide range of topics — from sex and censorship in the movies to progressive education to juvenile delinquency to political campaigning on television — many of which are still hotly debated today. Serving as a precursor to Seldes's television programs and providing an audio context for his seminal books, this show is key to understanding today's cultural commentary.

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