It was with great sadness that I read George F. Will's assessment of Andy Warhol's life and career (Editorial Pages, Feb. 26) "Andy Warhol: Soup to Nuts." Certainly no artist living or dead is above criticism. However, the occasion of Warhol's death seems an inappropriate time to print such a complete dismissal of the work of a man who is considered by many to be one of the most important artists of his generation.
The irony is that Will has a complete understanding of Warhol's work and dismisses it anyway. It does make sense that a man of Will's conservative, elitist politics would dismiss not only Warhol but also an entire decade in which liberalism and democratic ideals were at their peaks. I am sure that Will considers art to be exclusively that which is aesthetically pleasing in a more traditional sense, and which can be understood only by the intellectual elite.
In discussing Warhol's work, Will belittles--as many have-- Warhol's paintings of soup cans and his lengthy films of buildings and people sleeping. The value of these works could be, and has been, endlessly debated. However, I find it hard to believe that Will can so easily deny the power of some of Warhol's portraits. I find them as moving as anything I have seen.