Over the years I have written four letters to The New York Times.Two of them were published which shows that my view points were taken into consideration.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA

Many thanks for the link to your interesting blog. Iwill keep reading it. What you say about art in America is very true for my country, Australia, also. As an Australian artist born in very poor circumstances, even though I do have a good universtiy degree, I find it very hard, or impossible to find a place in art world here, where everything is based on snob value, and class....and certainly not talent. Even though while I lived in London, England, I both exhibited and taught art in one of the best adult colleges, and even mixed with the aristocracy. I knew that upon my return to Australia, that owing to the class system here, there would be nothing for me in my own country. This turned out to be true. How do working class (and below) artists fare in America? Is thier lot any better? Or it is the same misguided class system here in Australia that rules the art scene there? The one that believes that only the wealthy and powerful can appreciate art? A view that is based on false ideas of what they think happens in the class system in England. The class systems to which all snobs ultimately aspire. I could not help notice what you say about your cleaning lady. This seems to be a self fulfilling expection of those who are denyed a good education ,or exposure to good art because of thier class. I notice that this lack of awareness in Australia andAmerica extends to Science as well....all coming from the same dismantling of education. But keep up and the good work, and keep thinking Helen
Helen Duley

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Blogger Ron Southern said...

I don't see where you have previous comments, but this one is here!

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