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Stockman calls Reagan
plan a pioy to help rich

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 12, 1981-Page 7
Reporters forMSU
newspaper threatened
EAST LANSING (UPI) - A COf~ calls warning them against runig
troversy over alleged spying by agents further accounts.
of the Taiwanese government has WARREN COHEN, director of-the
resulted in threats to the campus MSU Asian Studies Center, said he
newspaper at Michigan State Univer- believes the Taiwanese government
sity and set student against student, of- does conduct spying on campus .to
ficials say. discourage dissident activities.
Two staff memebers of the State News, Some students also have complained
which published a story about alleged of being falsely accused of spying,
spying on Taiwanese students here, said Cohen said.
they later received threatening phone

WASHINGTON - A surprised White
House denied yesterday that President
Reagan's tax cut plan was a "Trojan
horse" ploy to cut taxes for the rich.
Budget boss David Stockman, who
made the comment, was described as
angry that his "off the record" remarks
were printed.
The controversy centered on an ar-
ticle appearing in the December issue
of The 'Atlantic Monthly magazine,
which portrays Stockman as in-
creasingly discontented with the ad-
.ministration's "supply-side" economic
theory of sharp budget cuts coupled
with big tax reductions.
IT QUOTES Stockman as saying the
budget-cutting program was poorly

planned, hastily enacted and ignored
"blatant inefficiency" in the Pentagon."
And the budget chief said the Reagan
economic program was merely a new
version of the "trickle down" approach-
A pre-publication copy of the article
by William Greider, an assistant
managing editor of The Washington
Post, caught the White House by sur-
prise, deputy press secretary Larry
Speakes said.
The White House was not aware, he
said, that Stockman had been giving in-
terviews to Greider since before he
became head of the Office of
Management and Budget.
Democrats jumped on the article as
an administration admission that its
economic policies are flawed.

Republicans shrugged it off as nothing
more than some honest and candid
political observations.
House Speaker Thomas O'Neill
(D-Mass.) said, "Mr. Stockman misled
the Congress and the American people
as to the consequences of the Reagan
economic program ... His credibility
and the credibility of the program he
supports are in serious doubt," the
speaker said.
Edwin Dale, Stockman's spokesman,
said Tuesday that the article "creates
an impression that is wrong and grossly
misleading ... Although problems and
challenges remain, Mr. Stockman. is
convinced that the program set forward
by the president is sound and will
work."

Stockman
... under fire

'Artists '81' exhibition presents local talent

(Continued from Page 5)
the Ann Arbor Art Association, at 117
West Liberty.
AnnArbor Artists '81 is on display at
the Firehouse Office Center, 211 E.
Huron, through Nov. 20. Nearly
200 artistsrreplied to invitational
flyers by submitting more than 500
works; a jurying process was used to
narrow the number of entrants. Charles
McGee, professor of art at Eastern
Michigan University and former direc-,
tor of Gallery 7 in Detroit, dispersed
nine prizes of $43 each (an odd
" figure-originally it was to be eight
awards of $50, but McGee hesitated.to
, narrow the field further).
This is an exhibition that pokes the
viewer in the ribs from the beginning
end never ceases to show one a high-
spirited time. In the front window is a
row of lithographs, the first of which
states "This is a lithograph," and the
rest of which state "This lithograph is
better than that one." This is concep-
tualism with a punchline, and the rest
of the show leavens its ideas with fun.
Barbara L. Suhr's "Across Eye
Crossed" is an acrylic painting of a
funny-page grotesque, something hairy,
and horrible, done crudely in bright
colors to seem quirky and humorous at
the same moment it is pathetic. "Gone
Fishin' "-a conjunction of an erector

set, toy train, fishing pole, paint and a
pinball game console-is a clattery
combine that's hard to ignore.
Neither of these pieces is extraor-
dinary. "Across Eye Crossed" springs
too directly from Jim Nutt's beasties,
and "Gone FishinV " is a kind of noise
indicating nothing much. But they are
vigorously funky, tacky, boisterous
works. They exhibit a refeshing
perkiness that seems to refer to much
of the art from"Chicago in the '30s and
'60s, but probably has more in common
with the ironic/expressive "New
Wave" art cropping up in many
galleries m New York right now. They
have a sass shared with a number of
works in the exhibition, and that seems
to indicate a few sensibility.
Best in this vein is "First Third Second
World, Class," a marvelous sculpture
by Peter Dreyfuss. It is painted in the
institutional green favored by painters
of ballpark seats and hospital hallways
the world over. Set rather low to the
ground, the work comes across a little
humbly-a good strategy for such an
ambitious sculpture. This is a parable
of empire-building, of how dreams and
crassness are architectured by
capitalist progress. One might say this
is an ambitious theme. The splendid
thing about the work is the way its
friendliness keeps the presentation
from being heavy-handed.
Some of the best art in this exhibition
does not subscribe to this levity. Kathy
Constantinides's "Tidal Occlusion," a

work in which cables rhythmically
pierce a field of gray pellon, is subtle
and keen. And a pair of gouaches by Sue
Ann Gordon is very good, employing
strong and well-colored abstractions
composed unsettlingly on a white
background.
The exhibition space itself is rather
fun-four rooms of differing sizes and
shapes that form one circuit. "There's
so many odd empty spaces not being
used due to the economy;" Cressman
says, "we were very happy to be able to
use this one." Cressman notes that
there are many such alternative spaces
ripe for use by artists and performers,
and hopes local artists continue to seek
them out. There is this unfortunate
nook at the Old Firehouse Center
which is difficult to light and forces the
art in it to be hung close to the ground.
But in most other respects the place is
an admirable example of what can be
done with unused sites.
"This is a very fractured town,"
remarks Cressman. "You have the
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University artists doing their thing, and
you have the Art Association artists
doing their thing, and nobody ever
comes together."
For a little while at least at 211 E.
Huron, they are brought together in a SPECIALS ON
worthy way. It's economics that leads PITCHERS AND 1.D
to the lack of exhibition space which in
turn prompts this show, but really DICK SIEGEL and his
that says so little. There are a thousand
and one reasons, good reasons, for ar- nisters of M ody
tists to converge as they do in Ann Ar-
bor Artists '81. Present circumstances 'fit' 7w' ;
simply make the case ever more com-
pelling.
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