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.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

ART=CONTROVERSY=BIENNIALS



Art and controversy were, are and always will be part of each other. Since the pre-historic times, thirty five thousand years ago, there was probably some controversy when the cave men were drawing on the walls of their habitat. Controversy is part of the development of art and prevents stagnation. In 1860, The Salon des Refusés (Salon of the Rejected) in Paris generated one of the biggest changes in the art field and brought to light such painters as Manet, Latour, Cezanne, Guillaumin Pisarro and others because they were refused by the Salon de Paris, the official exhibition sponsored by the Académie des Beaux-arts.Controversy created a long list of art movements: Constructivism, Fauvism, Expressionism Arte Povera, Conceptual Art to name a few, and more recently, video art.So it is not surprising the Biennials always come surrounded by controversy. The Whitney Museum in New York City has its Biennial going right now and with it comes a load of controversy
Photo: Drawings done by cave men thirty five thousand years ago.

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