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1964 March vol. 46, no. 1

First anniversary editorial statement by MILLARD MEISS, The Art Bulletin at Fifty (pdf). As for the early years of the journal, cost is at issue (see, e.g., the presidential address by JOHN PICKARD, The Future of the College Art Association, 1919, vol. 2, no. 1 (pdf)). Here, Meiss (Editor-in-Chief, 1940–1942) highlights the increasing costs for illustrations and announces a five-year grant from Kress foundation (the first large grant since a grant from the Carnegie Corporation in 1937) for The Art Bulletin and the Monograph Series. Meiss notes as well formats and writing styles changing in tandem with developments in the discipline (at p. 3):
As the discipline evolves, what it requires of The Art Bulletin changes correspondingly. Functions that were once urgent become less so. Twenty-five years ago the quarterly was vigorously striving to simplify and to rationalize scholarly mechanics, called in editorial circles “style.” Its patterns have become standard in the field. Even in its concern for Style as opposed to style, for the maintenance of a minimum level of clarity and succinctness, need to be manifested less frequently nowadays in view of the greater attention contributors generally give to exposition. . . . (pdf)

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