GENESIS -- A DISCUSSION ON BAROQUE SCULPTURE --
AFRICAN ART -- THE MEANING OF "INFLUENCES" IN
(IT is the day of the Press view of the exhibition of Genesis and other works at the Leicester Galleries. Epstein is rarely to be seen at a gallery where his works are on view. The whole atmosphere irritates him, the congratulations both sincere and insincere, the whispering and the gossip. The beginning of a show marks the end of a period, the studio looks bare and uninhabited and the sculptor is busy planning new works. The 'clou' of the whole day for me has been Epstein's retort to an art critic [gossip writer] from one of the biggest dailies.)
REPORTER. Mr. Epstein, why do you do such ugly things?
EPSTEIN. I don't think them ugly. There can be two opinions about beauty. Some people might think you handsome, while I think the reverse.