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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING 77 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, CAMBRIDGE 39, MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE January 14, 1959 Mr. Charles Sheeler Dows Lane Irvington, New York Dear Mr. Sheeler: I hardly can tell you how disappointed I was when I received your letter informing me that you are not willing to contribute to the issue of Daedalus on "Visual Arts Today", which I am editing. When I wrote to you I had vividly in my mind a kind letter of a few years ago to the editors of The Arts in America making some generous remarks about an article on arts and sciences in that publication. Your kind comments have, in a certain way, guided me in the process of preparing the material for this issue and, to make it clear, by no means did I expect from you a"vivisection of art"as you expressed it in your letter. What I hoped to have from you was the same spirit as your letter expressed - a vigorous, direct comment of what you feel about your own work or artistic expression in general. In fact, what I hoped to have is a spontaneous response and definitely not an analytic disciplined essay. I do hope you will reconsider the matter as your contribution would be essential to this issue. Sincerely yours, Gyorgy Kepes Gyorgy Kepes GK:im
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