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To the Editor:

In “What To Do About the Arts” [April], Joseph Epstein covers a wide range of topics. . . . But above all, he laments the sorry record of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). During the Reagan and Bush years, Mr. Epstein sternly writes, NEA panel members happily approved creations guaranteed to affront us.

All true. And nothing that we did not know before his peroration. What is missing from his article, however, is an answer to the question, what have painters, sculptors, and musicians of conservative persuasion been doing since 1965, when the NEA was founded?

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